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Cathedrals of the Working Class: Rabenhof in Early Spring

After the devastations of World War I and facing huge societal and economic challenges the people of Vienna craved for change. A special problem were the poor living conditions of the working class, which very often lived in large tenements without warm water and communal toilets on the corridors. Large families lived in small apartments and very often they had to accomodate additional roomers to afford the overpriced rent. For these and other reasons the Socialist Party of Austria (SPÖ) was voted into power and planned a radical rethinking of the city in the 1920s. Large and modern communal building called Gemeindebauten were to be built with large inner yards for the workers to gather and thick walls to protect them. Among the first ones to be built was the Rabenhof in the 3rd Viennese district. Today known among Austrians mostly for the theater with the same name, which is located at the spot were the gathering hall for the workers used to be. The rent in these buildings was much lower and affordable, at the same time though the standard of living was much higher with private toilets, launderettes, private parks and a kindergarten. The same is true today as every 4th Viennese of different economic backgrounds lives in a Gemeindewohnung, around 3.500 of them in the Rabenhof building.

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Streetphotography in Monochrome

In the last couple of weeks I worked on a complete redesign of the website. The aim was to make it more functional and accessible – and give it a pretty new look. So it took a lot of time and I didn’t have much of it. Anyway, finally it is ready for 2015 and I can get back to business – posting photography it was, if I remember correctly.

Before I get to that a quick orientation walk through the new site:
On the front page you see a header showpiece on top (be patient if it doesn’t pop out immediately, it will load eventually), below the last seven posts are displayed in chronological order.  If you click on “show more” on the bottom of the page you can access the older ones. Another possibility to browse through the posts is to make use of the calendar or the archives in the sidebar. I think the functionality is quite self-explanatory, so I won’t elaborate. There is also a neat search function on the top of the side bar and a tag cloud if you like it more topic-oriented. So the site works mostly through the front page now with the side-bar as toolkit for navigation. However the top menu is not gone entirely. The About or Contact section remained basically unchanged, so if you want to give me some feedback – that’s the way to go and I would certainly appreciate it (or you can comment the individual posts of course) 🙂 The other menu points are brand new. So the portfolio section is basically a new way I conceive and re-organize photo series by creating portfolios out of thematically or geographically linked posts. So instead of searching all of my Usbekistan posts for example, here you have them in one place ready to view. Another new thing ist the Store. If you like you can buy prints or digital copy rights for certain pictures via the 500px store. It’s just a selection, if you need something else please contact me. So that’s it. Back to business:

Streetphotography in Monochrome. Shot in Poland and Austria in 2014.

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