Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Emil Mayer

Emil Mayer was a Viennese street photographer born on October 3, 1871, in Neubydzow, Bohemia now Nový Bydžov, Czech Republic. He was lawyer, inventor, and businessperson and certainly the greatest of the European bromoilists in the 1920s and 30s.

From 1891 to 1896 Mayer studied law at the University of Vienna. In 1896 where he earned the juris doctorate. In 1894, while still a student, he converted from the Jewish community to Catholicism.  After his studies he settled in Vienna, where he worked as a lawyer. 

City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer
City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer
City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer
City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer
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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer
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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer

  His first experience in photography was as an amateur. He was a member of several Viennese photographer associations that focused on artistic photography.

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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer
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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer
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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer
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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer

Emil Mayer was an avid photographer and a master of the complicated bromoil printing process. He is best known for his extended series of candid portraits of the various social types who populated the streets of Vienna in the early twentieth century: street merchants, soldiers, policemen, market women, waiters, coachmen, and window shoppers. Mayer’s photographs document a short-lived period of stability and prosperity in Austria’s history. 

After Mayer completed his studies at the University of Vienna, he established a law practice at Salvatorgasse 10 in Vienna. His first experience in photography was as an amateur. He was also a member of several Viennese photographer associations that focused on artistic photography. His artistic photos include documentary images of Wienerstraße images.

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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer

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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer

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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer

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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer

Mayer left this the law firm he was working at and founded a photographic technology company DREM-Zentrale with Nikolaus Benedik. The company’s name was an abbreviation of DR. E. Mayer. International branches of the company included, DREM Products Corporation in New York and DREM Products Ltd. in London, England.

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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer
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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer
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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer

To escape persecution from the Nazi regime after the annexation of Austria in March 1938, he and his wife committed suicide on June 8, 1938.

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City Life / Documentary photographer Emil Mayer

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I am a photographer currently living in London. Most of my work is in black and white because which I've found to be the best outlet to express myself. With patience a rather unique way of seeing the beauty around me, I enjoy creating a world that is unique to me.

2 thoughts on “Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Emil Mayer

  1. Really enjoy these posts!!! So very interesting and educational! Thank you for all you do to put these together, it is appreciated!!

    Barry

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