EPHESOS - The Beauty of Destruction

German Photo Book Award NOMINATED 2014

Sabine Ladstätter, Lois Lammerhuber
29 x 31 cm, 300 pages, 177 images
German, English, Turkish 
Hardcover, slipcase
ISBN 978-3-901753-37-4
October 2013

EPHESOS - The Beauty of Destruction

120 years ago the first permission was granted for archaeological excavations in Ephesos. The signature of Emperor Franz Josef I laid the foundation for one of the most prominent excavation enterprises in the world and to this day it has lost none of its significance for science or its fascination for visitors.

The pulsating, cosmopolitan metropolis of antiquity may have turned into a site of ruins, but here, more than anywhere else, archaeology has succeeded in bringing past eras into the focus of both science and the public. Today more than 2 million people visit Ephesos every year – indisputable proof of the fascination and interest that earlier cultures can arouse as well as confirmation for the relevance and topicality of archaeological research.

In their joint book project, archaeologist Sabine Ladstätter and photographer Lois Lammerhuber venture behind the historical front. Central for them is the economic role of Ephesos as antique trading town, modern archaeological enterprise and visitor magnet.



Lois Lammerhuber

is a photographer and publisher. His close collaboration with GEO Magazine started in 1984, continues to this day, and has greatly influenced his approach to photography. His pictures have been published in hundreds of books and magazines and earned him international awards, including three times the Graphis Photo Awards for the world’s best photo report of the year. He joined the Art Directors Club New York in 1994. In 1996 he set up Edition Lammerhuber publishing house. In 2014 he received the Republic of Austria’s Cross of Honour, First Class, for Science and Art, followed in 2017 by the Golden Medal of Honour for Services to the City of Vienna, the Prize for Special Merit for Representative and Media Art by the City of Baden and the Grand Medal of Honour for Services to the Province of Lower Austria. In 2018 he became Director of the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo.

Sabine Ladstätter

was born in Klagenfurt in 1968. She studied archaeology and Altertumskunde in Graz, Vienna and Ljubljana. Since 2009 Ladstätter heads the Austrian Archeological Institute (OeAI) in Vienna and since 2010 she is director of the excavations in Ephesos. In 2012 she was awarded “Austrian Scientist of the Year 2011” by the club of Austrian journalists specializing in education and science.