The collector is the true resident of the interior. The collector dreams his way not only into a distant or bygone world but also into a better one.
- Walter Benjamin
Heinrich Kühn (Kuehn) was one of the early proponents of photography in Austria. Originally born in Dresden, Kühn moved to Austria, where he established a studio that focused on art photography. He became one of the key members of the pictorialist movement, a movement to make photography an art form through processes which obscured the photographic technique and made the photos more closely resemble paintings, as you can see above. Kühn is widely known due to his connections with Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen, which elevated his profile internationally and led to publication of a number of his photographs in Stieglitz's Camera Work, some of which are shown above.