Lois Hechenblaikner: Gentian dummies, show backdrops and the intoxication industry in Tyrolean Alpine tourism.
Lois Hechenblaikner is a sharp-eyed documentarian and critic of the deformations of mass tourism in his homeland, both visually and eloquently.
In Part 2 of this podcast, the DFA photographer talks to Andreas Langen about the motives and mechanisms of the fatal partnership of convenience between guests and hosts. Hard-core business interests answer the longings for the ideal world with transfiguring façades and backdrops, which are commercially thought out in the background.
In his long-term studies, Hechenblaikner takes a close look at successful tourism models. Folk music mutates into the pain-free zone of an acoustically transfigured Alpine world and in après-ski the alpine hut is appropriated as a backdrop, a "functional building of the tragic with underbelly management".
What high price Lois Hechenblaikner pays for his critical work, how the good spirit carries the photography and which camera formats are used in which situation can be found out in this podcast.
Note to our English-speaking subscribers: This talk is in German, but if you watch the recording on YouTube, you can have English subtitles generated.