Reiner Riedler Biography

Born in Gmunden, Austria.

He went to Vienna with the intention of studying ethnology. He then attended a College for photography (Graphische) in Vienna and decided to dedicate himself solely to photography. Master Studies of Image Sciences at the Danube University of Krems.

As a documentary photographer he deals with important topics of the present day. His view always centers on human beings and their environment. The main focus of his documentary work is to challenge our value systems. As a traveller he visits the periphery of our habitats, always searching for the fragile beauty of human existence with its desires and abysses. His recent conceptual works question the nature of photography and the way, how we look at the world surrounding us.

Reiner Riedler’s work has been shown in numerous countries at photo festivals, galleries and museums. He has been working for periodicals and magazines.

In 2017 he founded with friends the Independent Photobook Label Reflektor.

Several projects are available in book form:

MEMORY DIAMONDS, Reflektor, Vienna, 2017
WILL, lafabrica, Madrid, 2016
THE UNSEEN SEEN, self published, 2014
ALTERED STATES, Filigranes Éditions, Paris, 2011
FAKE HOLIDAYS, Moser Verlag, Munich, 2009
GESTÜRMTE FESTUNG EUROPA(The Stormed Fortress of Europe), Styria Verlag, 2007
UKRAINE.FOTOGRAFIEN , Edition Fotohof, Otto Müller Verlag, 2003
ALBANIEN, LEBEN AN DER PERIPHERIE , Triton Verlag, Vienna, 2001

Reiner Riedler is married and has two sons. He lives with his family in Vienna/ Austria.



Fake Holidays, Jaipur Photofestival, India
(Re)inventing Nature, Fotodoc, Space for Documentary Photography, Utrecht/NL (Groupshow)
Eyes On Nature, Künstlerhaus Metternich/ Koblenz/D (Groupshow)
Was ist Heimat? NöART Ausstellungsreihe (Groupshow)
WILL, International Festival of Photography Lodz, Poland (Groupshow))
Expressions, Judenplatz, Vienna (Groupshow)
The Lifesaving Machines, Guest of Honour, Boutographies Festival, Montpellier/F
The Veil of the Invisible, Portraits of Sweat, Open Air Exhibition, Kaunas, Lithuania
WILL, Josephinum, Vienna, MoP Vienna
Cross Dressing, Stadthaus Ulm, German (Groupshow)
Contemporary, Galerie Johannes Faber, Vienna (Groupshow)
The Unseen Seen, TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival)
Fake Holidays – longterm Installation at Miami Airport Art Center
The Unseen Seen – film in a new light, Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin
Fake Holidays – longterm Installation at Miami Airport Art Center
The Unseen Seen – Die Entdeckung des Filmrollenportraits, Galerie Hengevoss-Dürkop, Hamburg
The Lifesaving Machines – Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, N
Steeve Iuncker – Virginie Rebetez – Reiner Riedler,Photoforum PasquArt, Biel/CH (Groupshow)
Fake Holidays, Month of Photography Athens/ Greece
Sweat, Fraunhofer Gesllschaft, Munich
Fake Holidays, Open Air Installation  in Clervaux, the permanent place of the exhibition
"The family of Man" by Edward Steichen
The Lifesaving Machines, EB Galerie/ Zürich/ CH
Sweat, Anzenberger Gallery/ Vienna
Fake Holidays, Photofestival Belfast/ Ireland
Fake Holidays, Miami Airport Art Center
The Fields of Photography, Somerset House, Positive View Foundation, London/UK (Groupshow)
Neuland! Macke, Gauguin und andere EntdeckerFake, Kunsthalle Emden/Germany (Groupshow)
The Reality of Fiction/ Month of Photography Denver/ USA (Groupshow)
Ulrich Seidl: Liebe  - Glaube – Hoffnung, Photo Installation, Bawag Contemporary Vienna (Groupshow)
Fake Holidays, Galerie Hengevoss-Dürkop, Hamburg
Die Nacht, Galerie Ostlicht, Wien (Groupshow)
distURBANces, Musa, MOP Vienna (Groupshow)
distURBANces, MOP Luxemburg (Groupshow)
Altered States, Salons d’Honneur of the Town Hall Levallois, Paris
Real, Fotogalerie Wien A
"Zeitzeugen- Fotografie in Österreich seit 1945", Künstlerhaus Wien (Groupshow)
Fake Holidays, Stadthaus ULM, Germany
Dreamlands, Centre George Pompidou Paris (Groupshow)
Fake Holidays, Gallery AVLA NLB, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Reiner Riedler - Wunderwelten, Fotoforum West, Innsbruck
Fake Holidays, International Festival of Photography Lodz, Poland
The Robinson Centrifuge, Künstlervereinigung März, Linz, A (Groupshow)
Die Ideale Ausstellung, ACC Galerie Weimar, Kunstfest Weimar (Groupshow)
Tourism. Spaces of Fiction, Design Center Barcelona (Groupshow)
Fake Holidays, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon (Groupshow)
Fake Holidays, International Festival of Photography Lodz, Poland
Fake Holidays, Heart Galerie, Paris, Mois de la Photo
Tourismus – All Inclusive, Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt / Germany (Groupshow)
The other side, Brick 5, Month of Photography Vienna (Groupshow)
Wolfsburg-Vienna, Städteansichten, Goethe Institut Bangkok (Groupshow)
Fake Holidays, Images 08, Vevey, CH
Fake Holidays, Backlight Festival, Tampere, FL
Fake Holidays, House of Photography, Novo Mesto, Slovenia
Wonderland, Galerie Momentum, Vienna
Fake Holidays, Darmstädter Fototage (Groupshow)
24 hours in Vienna, Leopold Museum, Vienna (Groupshow)
Fake Holidays Festival of Light, Kaunas / Lithuania
The Possibility of an Island, Sirius Art Center / Cork / Ireland
Russian Circus, Anzenberger Gallery, Month of Photography Vienna
Russian Circus, Month of Photography Crakow
Fake Holidays, Photofestival Boutographie / Montpellier / France (Groupshow)
Ukraine, Fotosommer Stuttgart / D (Groupshow)
Fake Holidays, Wiesbadener Fototage (Groupshow)
Ukraine, Fotoraum für Fotografie, Schloß Weinberg/ Austria
Poverty has faces in Europe - Crossed looks of three European photographers
European Parlament Brussels (Groupshow)
Das Wunder Mensch, Museum of Modern Art Passau – International Photoart (Groupshow)
Ukraine, Fotohof Salzburg / A (Groupshow)
Poverty, Museum of the City of Vienna (Groupshow)
Poverty, Sozialamt Graz (Groupshow)
Ukraine, Nikon Image House / Zürich / CH
Austrian Documentary Photography , Leica Gallery New York (Groupshow)
Ukraine , City Hall of Ivano-Frankivsk / Ukraine
Albania, Life at the periphery, Alte Schieberkammer / Vienna
Aperto, Galerie Station U3 / Vienna (Groupshow)
Homeless, Fotogalerie Wien (Groupshow)
Pilgramiges, Galerie Profil / Bratislava


Awards / Grants:
Sonderpreis der Stiftung Bayerisches Hospiz mit Roland Schulz, 2017
Rencontres d'Arles, Selection for BYOPAPER, 2016
Nominated for the Grand Prix Photo Festiwal/Lodz 2016
Winner of the Lafabrica Photography Book Dummy Award, 2015
Shortlisted Sony World Photography Awards „Arts and Culture“ 2014
Nomination Prix Pictet 2013
Nomination – Foto Objektiv 2012
Prix L´honneur Levallois 2011
Winner of the „bild der wissenschaft“ – Fotopreis 2008
Finalist of the Photolucida Critical Mass 2008
Nominated for the Grand Prix of Lodz 2008
Winner of the Grand Prix of Kaunas 2007
Portfolio Review Bratislava 2007, 2nd Price
Humanitarian Photo Award 2006, 2nd price
Bruno Kreisky Award 2006 for the book Gestürmte Festung Europa of Corinna Milborn
Artist in residence / Sirius Art Center / Ireland 2006
Nominee of the International Colour Award 2006
Nominated for the World Press Masterclass 1999


Jaipurphoto, India
Kaunas Photo
Photofestival Belfast/ Ireland
Month of Photography Athens/ Greece
Kaunas Photo
Backlight Festival, Tampere, Finland
Darmstädter Fototage
Fototage Wiesbaden
Visa pour l´image / Perpignan
Month of Photography Vienna
Month of Photography Crakow
Mois de la Photo, Paris
Rencontre d´Arles, Voies Off
Rhubarb Rhubarb
Fotosommer Stuttgart
Foto Freo, Australia
Boutographies, F
Lodz Photo Festival
International Festival of Photography Lodz, Poland
MOP Luxemburg