by Austrian documentary photographer Reiner Riedler. He deals with important topics of the present day. Riedler lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
He went to Vienna with the intention of studying ethnology. He then attended a College for photography in Vienna and decided to dedicate himself solely to photography. Studies of Image Sciences at the Danube University of Krems. As a documentary photographer he deals with important topics of the present day. His view always centers on human beings and their environment. The main focus of his documentary work is to challenge our value systems. As a traveller he visits the periphery of our habitats, always searching for the fragile beauty of human existence with its desires and abysses. His recent conceptual works deal with the themes of transience, crises and death. Reiner Riedler’s work has been shown in numerous countries at photo festivals, galleries and museums. He has been working for periodicals and magazines. His pictures have been published in magazines such as National Geographic, Stern, The New York Times, Fortune, Le Monde, Der Spiegel etc.
“When wishes are out of reach, simulation is taking over our leisure time and our holidays. Imaginary worlds are created, often under massive technological exertion, in order to offer us experience as reproducible merchandise. Although the quality of these adventures on demand sometimes proves to be rather dubious, the boom does shed light on one thing: the yearnings and dreams underlying people’s daily lives. Tourists now go on “fake holidays” that mimic the experience that travel to “real places” used to bring. Indeed, the new theme parks are themselves destinations for holidays both “real” and “fake.”
Although most people consider authenticity and genuineness to be important values, the artificial attractions are already luring tourists away from traditional destinations. There is no doubt that simulations will increasingly become a part of everyday life – hopefully enhancing it and not replacing it.”
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