Artur Fenzlau (1909–1984)
Artur Fenzlau, a trained textile merchant, began taking photographs as an amateur in his youth in Vienna. In the 1930s, he worked for Lothar Rübelt, a prominent photographer. After World War II, Artur Fenzlau started his career as a photojournalist, specialising in Austrian motorsports photography. He worked for various daily newspapers and sports magazines, such as Kurier, Austro-Motor and Sport-Funk. In addition to car and motorcycle manufacturers, his clients included the racing drivers themselves. The bequest contains his extensive body of photographic work dating from 1927 to 1983 as well as numerous racing documents and autograph cards.
Erwin Jelinek (1907–1989)
Erwin Jelinek began taking photos as an amateur while training to become an elementary school teacher in Vienna. He joined a photography club as early as the 1920s. In 1928, the self-taught photographer won his first award in Agfa’s European photography competition. After World War II, he became a full-time press photographer and, like Artur Fenzlau, focused on the booming motorsport. He was the resident photographer of the magazine “Motorrad”.
Unlike the photographic bequest by Artur Fenzlau, Erwin Jelinek’s body of work contains only photo negatives dating from 1949 to 1977. From Jelinek’s written documents, it is known that his earlier pictures were destroyed during the occupation period.
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