Porträt Louise Anna Kubelka: 1978-1996 Friedl Kubelka
Verlag Fotohof Edition, 1998 | First edition
Softcover, 28 pages, 307 x 380 mm. Text in English and German
Austrian photographer Friedl Kubelka completed in 1998 one of her central works, namely the portrait of her daughter Louise Anna from birth to adulthood. Kubelka took a headshot photo of her daughter every Monday from the first day of her daughter's life until her 18th year. This act of "Monday photo," as her daughter Louise came to call it, is part ritual, part performance, part obsession.
Arranged in grids of 52 photographs and starting in 1978, we see the passing of 18 years and how it shapes a young woman's face as in a time-lapse film, documenting the process of growing up and the development of a mother-daughter relationship. At the age of 9 or 10, Louise seems to be shaping her own identity and self-representation apart from her mother. Her hair styles vary and blank spaces appear in the grids where a Monday photo was missed. By the last year, the 18th, only 12 images appear in the first few months until finally the ritual is broken.
Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg, Oct. 2-Nov. 7, 1998.