Heinz Cibulka: from tradition to invention
A friend of Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Heinz Cibulka was part of the Viennese Actionist movement in the 1960s. He was with two students Matthias Fiegl and Wolfgang Stranzinger the founder of Lomography in 1991 when they discovered the Lomo LC-A at a Prague flea market. The device is then no longer in production.
Sensing the potential of the images taken with the device, they founded the Lomographic Society International in 1992. They claimed the use of the “defects” of the device and claim to free themselves from all photographic canons, they do not frame their subjects and don’t pay attention to the light, for example.
The creators of Lomography wrote the “10 Golden Rules of Lomography” accordingly and published them in the Wiener Zeitung newspaper under the title “Lomography Manifesto”. Shortly after, the city council of Vienna provided the Lomographic Society International with a house which became the bastion of Lomographic operations defending experimental and creative film photography.
Theoretician and poet photographer Heinz Cibulka remains a touching and restless character. He agrees to engage the question on portraits and landscapes in what seems conventional but to engage it within the necessary impasses far from the poses and the illusions of a proximity too quickly reached. He is always suspicious of those who believe they touch the fallacious origin of an accomplishment.
Heinz Cibulka, “Stammersdorf Fries 1972/2018”
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