A declaration of love: Long ago, editor and photographer Patricia Thurner fell under the spell of the inner Salzkammergut [lakeland] and the Aussee region. She recharges her batteries there several times a year, letting the landscape permeate her whole being. Her photographs of the regions around Bad Ischl, Lauffen, Bad Goisern, Hallstatt, Obertraun, Gosau, Bad Aussee, Altaussee, Grundlsee and Bad Mitterndorf are a true declaration of love through the lens of her camera. Together with cultural historian Gerhard Ammerer, she explores the Salzkammergut also as a social space, looking at the living conditions of the people there. How does the region influence the people? Does it sometimes become too restricted for individuals to live their dreams? The voices of diverse people are heard – from Philipp Schwarz, manufacturer of Goiserer shoes, to the well-known writer Barbara Frischmuth –, who tell of their experiences in the region, of their work and how it feels to be involved in the local social life.
Patricia Thurner: born in 1964, copywriter in Salzburg, until 1998 manager and publisher of the Salzburg Wochenspiegel, editor-in-chief since 2014, studied for some time in Provence. In two illustrated books, Die Magie des Augenblicks and Zauber der Stille, she has captured the unique atmosphere of the Salzkammergut lakeland in all seasons, combining it with perceptive essays and anecdotes. In 2017 she held a photo exhibition entitled "Fascinating seasons in the Salzkammergut" in the Kammerhof Museum in Gmunden. Gerhard Ammerer: born in 1956, teaches in the Department of History at Salzburg University; member of the Commission for the Legal History of Austria, director of the Centre for Gastrosophy. Co-editor of several series of books, author and editor of some 40 books, including popular accounts of Habsburg and Salzburg history. Books published by Verlag Anton Pustet include: Wirtshäuser – Eine Kulturgesichte der Salzburger Gaststätten (with Harald Waitzbauer, 2014) and Schwert und Galgen – Geschichte des Todesstrafe in Salzburg, 2018