Elfriede Mejchar


1924 Born in Vienna.
1941-44 Photography apprenticeship and assistant certification in Germany
1958 First camera
1960 Master craftsman certification at the Graphischen Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt in Vienna
Started in 1947 at the Department of Historic Monument Research, later employed by the Federal Monuments Office, projects throughout Austria
1954-61 Photographed numerous artists in their studios and workshops
1984 Worked as a freelance photographer after retirement
1984-94 Numerous projects for the TU Wien, Institute for Building Conservation and Historic Monument Preservation throughout Austria
Elfriede Mejchar participated in a group exhibition at the Galerie nächst St. Stephan in 1975. In 1976 - she was already over 50 - her first solo exhibition was held at the Museum of the 20th Century in Vienna.
Today, Elfriede Mejchar is considered one of Austria's most important photographers. A great number of her images can be found in scientific publications and cultural journals, and her work has been honored in countless exhibitions.
Selected Exhibitions:
1979 Künstlerhaus Bregenz
1992 Lower Austrian Regional Museum, Vienna
1993 Urania-Fotogalerie, Graz; Ganggalerie Rathaus, Graz
1994 Galerie Faber, Vienna; Straßengalerie, Weyer
1995 Fotogalerie Wien (Portrait I), Retzhof (Leibnitz, Styria)- Gärten der Phantasie
1998 Berchtold Villa Salzburg (Hände); Karl Weiser Photography Award
2000 Fotogalerie Wien – "Werkschau V – Elfriede Mejchar, Arbeiten 1959-1999"; Vienna City Library – Sandleiten, Vienna – "Florales + Feuchtes"
2008 Wien Museum Karlsplatz – “Elfriede Mejchar: Fotografien von den Rändern Wiens”
2009 “Elfriede Mejchar – Personale”, FLUSS, Wolkersdorf
2010 “Elfriede Mejchar – In Bildern leben”, Lower Austrian Regional Museum
2011 “Vom Blühen und Verblühen, Elfriede Mejchar – Fotografie”, Kunstraum Arcade, Mödling
1998 Karl Weiser Photography Award, Berchtoldvilla Salzburg, Topic: "Hands" (1975-1995)
2002 Honorary Award for Artistic Photography from the Austrian Federal Chancellery, Art Division (Photography Department)
2004 Honorary Award for Artistic Photography from the Province of Lower Austria, Department of Culture and Science (Landhausplatz 1, St. Pölten)
2004 City of Vienna Award for Fine Arts, conferred by City Councillor Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny representing the Mayor of Vienna

Works from two distinct phases of Elfriede Mejchar's life are on display in the Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann.