Irma Haselberger‘s street photographs remind of pictures from World War II partly because she uses low contrast greys and featureless blacks but also because many of the scenes seem to be in her native Vienna – I could be wrong – where she’s worked for over 25 years. However it’s the weather that gets to me, her wonderful ability to capture the cold hard rain of Northern Europe, the texture it creates, the opacity of the image.
These maybe altered images, created with photoshop and Corel Painter, but they are done by hand. There is no filtering. It is the work of someone who I believe has a foot in the past, a romantic vision of the city as a place people commune in. These are images of another time, another place. These are pictures that reveal the magic of the photograph and the painterly quality of the photographer.