Untitled (Architectural Photography)


  • Daniel Pabst Galerie Michael Pabst
  • Rae Di Cicco PhD Student, Department of History of Art & Architecture, University of Pittsburgh




photography, architecture, international style


Daniel Pabst’s architectural photography often highlights the tension between site-specificity and the legacy of early twentieth-century international style. In photographs of diverse sites across the globe, such as Dallas, Texas, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Vienna, Austria, Pabst draws attention to the formal qualities of such architecture hailed for its ability to communicate internationally but inherently tied to particular locations—as reflected in Pabst’s titular conventions. As such, his photographs of buildings, whose functions range from public offices to private residences, and everything between, reveal moments where placeless meets place.

Author Biographies

Daniel Pabst, Galerie Michael Pabst

Daniel Pabst was born in 1971 in Vienna. He began working as a photographer at his father’s gallery, Galerie Michael Pabst, in Munich. He has shown work at PhotoMonth London (2015); photo::vienna at the Museum of Applied Arts Vienna (2015), EyeEm-Awards in New York City (2015); Lange Nacht der Museen in Klagenfurt, Austria (2014); in der Kubatur des Kabinetts, der Kunstsalon im Fluc, Vienna, among others. As an EyeEm Award Finalist in 2015, Pabst’s work was shown among the Top 10 for the category “The Architect,” accordingly exhibited in New York City. Pabst received honorable mentions for the Moscow International Foto Award (MIFA) in 2015 and for the Tokyo International Foto Award (TIFA) in 2016.


Pabst also studies jazz guitar and jazz composition. He is the singer and songwriter of PABST. Additional bands in which Pabst participated were Noisy Town Groove, with drummer and composer Lukas Ligeti, Trafo (an electric guitar quartet), and Tricsson, an electronica band. Pabst has also collaborated with Dezibel 6 to 6 string and Bella Angora, a performance artist (production for the Donaufestival 2013). He works as the producer and founder of the record label 212 RecordsPabst and co-composed the opera “der automatische Teufel,” with Jury Everhartz. He has performed concerts for twenty years in Europe and the United States at venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Porgy and Bess, Austrian Cultural Forum NYC, The Stone, Ancienne Bélgique in Brussels, b-flat in Berlin, among others.

Rae Di Cicco, PhD Student, Department of History of Art & Architecture, University of Pittsburgh

Rae Di Cicco is a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh. She specializes in the modern art, design, and cultural history of Central Europe, with a focus on issues of identity and politics faced in the region during the transition from imperial to national organization after World War I. She received her BA in Art History from the University of Washington in 2010, and an MA in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. She has been awarded a Botstiber Fellowship in Austrian-American Studies, a travel fellowship from the Center for Italian Modern Art, a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) grant for intensive German language acquisition at the Geothe Institute in Freiburg, Germany, and a K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship for diversity in graduate education at the University of Pittsburgh. 


Di Cicco’s master’s thesis explores the incorporation of signifiers of national artistic styles into Kineticist artist Erika Giovanna Klien’s artistic production as a kind of cosmopolitan imagination, visualizing – literally making visual – hybrid and shifting identity and multiple belonging. Her dissertation, titled “The Kosmos, the Body, and the Other: The Cosmopolitan Imagination of Erika Giovanna Klien,” will trace Klien’s career from her beginnings as a member of the Vienna-based modernist movement Kinetismus to her immigration to the United States and subsequent work with indigenous groups of the American Southwest.




How to Cite

Pabst, D., & Di Cicco, R. (2017). Untitled (Architectural Photography). Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture, 6(1), 78–82. https://doi.org/10.5195/contemp.2017.223



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