Born in 1961 in Vienna, Austria, Andreas J. Hirsch lives and works there as a writer, photographic artist and art curator. His writing, photography and curatorial work inform and inspire each other, while their topics sometimes overlap.
He obtained his PhD in Law from the University of Vienna in 1986. After years in various professions including press photographer and director of radio drama, theater management and newspaper publishing to curatorial work with an emphasis on media art and photography – after the turn of the millennium, he returned to an intense focus on his own work as a photographic artist as well as his writing.
Andreas J. Hirsch’s writings include books on Pablo Picasso, Ludwig van Beethoven, Tina Modotti, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and HR Giger, on the history of Vienna and the history of Ars Electronica, as well as the children’s book “Florian Featherlight and the Quest for the Magic Pearl” (together with the artist Alexandra Uccusic). Topics around aspects of the “digital transformation” are complemented with topics relating to a necessary “ecological turnaround.”
He was curator of KUNST HAUS WIEN from 2009 until 2014, responsible for several large monographical exhibitions of photography including Tina Modotti, René Burri, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Linda McCartney, and Andreas H. Bitesnich. He has worked with artists as diverse as Franz West, Bill Fontana, Scott S. Snibbe and HR Giger. He served on numerous juries including Prix Ars Electronica, Eyes in Progress Reviewer’s Panel and eyes on – Month of Photography Vienna Portfolio and Project Reviews.