Born in 1961 in Vienna, Austria, Andreas J. Hirsch lives and works there as a writer, photographic artist and art curator. In his photographic work he looks at aspects of life and intensity, humans and their expressions and traces in the world. His writing, photography and curatorial work inform and inspire each other in this process.
Starting out as a press photographer in the early 1980ies, he created portraits of writers and reportage work from art performances. He first exhibited his experimental still life photography in 1985, followed by experimental films on 8mm material. He obtained his PhD in Law from the University of Vienna in 1986. After years in various professions from director of radio drama, theater management and newspaper publishing to curatorial work in media art and photography – he returned to an intense focus on his own photographic work in 2004 as well as his commitment to the advancement of photography, which lead to the founding of reinventing.photography.
His photographic work includes projects of portraiture such as LOVE OVER HATE – The Art of Peace (2016), which had its kick-off-exhibition during Eyes On Month of Photography Vienna 2016, PLAY OF EMOTIONS (2012), ¡KOPF HOCH! (2015) and DAMES (2017) as well as the long-term photographic research STAGES OF INTENSITY, started in 2013 about the quest of artists of the stage – including the likes of Jonas Kaufmann, Christian Thielemann, Philipp Stölzl, Paul Gay, Artur Rucinski – for ultimate intensity.
With the project THE NOCTURNES OF DAY, realized in 2013/2014 and exhibited in Austria and Italy, he started developing his own approach to a photographic method of observations – inspired by situationist ideas and psychogeographic strategies – that lead to his exhibition RE-READING THE CITY at Ars Electronica Festival in 2015 and his exhibition LAST DAY MENTONE at HERR LEUTNER in Vienna in 2016. In 2017 he presented the joint project with his mother Elfi Hirsch titled „Wien, Ringstraße“ in Vienna and a preview of his work-in-progress „Notizie dell’isola" (Notes from the Island) was shown as part of the project AUSTRIAMENTIS at the Museo Casa Manno in Alghero, Sardegna.
Andreas J. Hirsch's writings include books on Pablo Picasso, Tina Modotti, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and HR Giger as well as the children's book "Florian Featherlight and the Quest for the Magic Pearl".
He served on numerous juries including Prix Ars Electronica, Eyes in Progress Reviewer's Panel and eyes on – Month of Photography Vienna Portfolio and Project Reviews.
He was curator of KUNST HAUS WIEN from 2009 until 2014, responsible for several large monographical exhibitions of photography including Tina Modotti, René Burri, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Linda McCartney and Andreas H. Bitesnich. He has worked with artists as diverse as Franz West, Bill Fontana, Scott S. Snibbe and HR Giger.