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date: 15 December 2019

Watzek, Hans [Johann] ( Josef ) locked

(b Bilin, Bohemia [now Bílina, Czech Republic], Dec 20, 1848; d Vienna, 1903).
  • Hans Christian Adam

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[Johann] ( Josef )

(b Bilin, Bohemia [now Bílina, Czech Republic], Dec 20, 1848; d Vienna, 1903).

Austrian photographer of Bohemian birth. He attended the Kunstakademien in Leipzig and Munich from 1866 to 1867 and taught drawing from 1873 at the Mittelschule in Komotau [now Chomutov], Bohemia, and from 1875 in Vienna. In 1890 he took his first photographs and joined the Wiener Camera-Klub, where in 1891 he met Hugo Henneberg and in 1894 Heinrich Kühn, the three becoming closely associated. In 1894 Watzek became a member of the Linked Ring, Brotherhood of the . He worked first of all with platinum, then with gum prints, and from 1896 made coloured gum prints. Finally, with Heinrich Kuehn and Hugo Henneberg, he perfected the techniques of coloured gum printing and combination printing. He exhibited with Kuehn and Henneberg under the group name of Trifolium (Das Kleeblatt) from 1897 to 1903 and travelled with them in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. From 1898 to 1902 he corresponded with Alfred Stieglitz....

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