Dr. Carl Auer von Welsbach –
the most important and versatile photo artist of his time
From 1908, he was the first color photographer in Austria to produce excellence color images of a quality not matched by any other photographer and comparable to today's color photographs. This was only possible because, as a chemist in his darkroom, he meticulously developed all the pictures himself. Scarcely any photographer at the time had such accurate thermometers, pure developer chemicals and precious equipment as Dr. Carl Auer von Welsbach had in his laboratory for the development of his photographs.
His micro-, macro-, still life-, landscape-, portrait-, fashion- and spectral photographs prove highest craftsmanship in all areas of photographic representation. No photographer of that time has so successfully pursued so many different kinds in this then new technology. With his photographs he shows us today an eloquent picture of a stately way of life in the castle of a great industrialist in the last years of the K. u. K. Monarchy.
His stereo pictures (3D) in black and white and color taken from 1910 let us immerse ourselves in the world of his family and his colleagues.
Daughter Hildegard aboud 1910
Playing children in August 1913
Archive: Auer von Welsbach-Museum