One month ago I attended the launch of Ghostletters Vienna at the Wien Museum in Austria’s capital city. The book was conceived, written and produced by Tom Koch, alongside photographers Daniel Gerersdorfer and Stephan Doleschal. It got off the ground with two crowdsourcing efforts, one to gather locations and one to raise funds for print and distribution. It was then published by Falter Verlag in hardback at a format that shows of the beautiful photography wonderfully.
The book features a number of written contributions (including one from me) alongside Tom’s detailed research into historical aspects of Viennese signs and sign production. Archival photography compliments the contemporary images, and various figures from the history of the sign industry have been interviewed and profiled. These include former sign painters Johann Hautzenberger and Josef Samuel, founder of the fabulous Schildermalermuseum (Sign Painting Museum). Current practitioners are also featured, including Dusty Spregnagel, neon master and author of author of Neon World, and Erwin K. Bauer, typographer and design educator.
Below are a series of photos from the book, the launch event, and some of my own that were taken during my visit to Vienna (in addition to those in my 36 Viennese Signs set). Thank you to Tom and everyone involved with the project for inviting me to be a part of it. The final product is a ‘must have’ addition to the ghostsigns literature (some preview pages here). The project can also be found on Facebook, and the book can be purchased directly from the publisher, or via Amazon and Abebooks (UK and USA).