FEP European Photo Book of the Year Award 2013

Dominique Meyer, Franz Welser-Möst, Clemens Hellsberg, Michael Bladerer
Photos: Lois Lammerhuber
24 x 36 cm, 256 pages, 169 photos
German/English, Hardcover in a slipcase
ISBN: 978-3-901753-33-6, March 2011


PASSION is a spectacular tribute to the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. It portrays all members of this orchestra, the heart of the Vienna State Opera and one of the world’s most important orchestras. Grouped by the 16 instrumental sections, the members of the orchestra are shown together, all black and with their instruments, and individually the way the musicians wish to have themselves portrayed. Both the group portraits and the individual pictures show the many facets that make up the uniqueness of the orchestra. In a playful way, each instrument was assigned a specific area of the opera building, resulting in two consonous narratives.

The extraordinary story of the orchestra, the claim to international leadership, and the unconditioned striving for highest quality make the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra an ideal collective of classical music and also an example of entrepreneurial ambitions. The musicians perform as employees with the Vienna State Opera and as equal co-proprietors of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, this double function making them unique “objects of study” for artistic aspirations.


Dominique Meyer, Director of the Vienna State Opera, Franz Welser-Möst, General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera, and Michael Bladerer, chair of works council of the Vienna State Opera, have provided introductions to the book.

In addition, one musician per instrumental section has contributed texts about their instruments: Charlotte Balzereit-Zell, Franz Bartolomey, Michael Bladerer, Friedrich Doležal, George Fritthum, Mark Gaal, Martin Gabriel, Paul Adolf Halwax, Clemens Hellsberg, Rainer Honeck, Thomas Jöbstl, Daniel Ottensamer, Hans Peter Schuh, Wolfgang Schulz, Michael Strasser, Michael Werba and Klaus Zauner.


Clemens Hellsberg

was born in 1952 in Linz. He studied musicology and ancient history at Vienna University, where he took his degrees in 1980. At the same time, he studied violin at the Vienna Academy of Music. Since 1978, he has been a prime violinist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, whose chairman he became in 1997.

Dominique Meyer

became Director of the Vienna State Opera on 1 September 2010. He had worked in the cabinet of Minister of Cultural Affairs, Jack Lang, before being appointed, in 1989, as Director General of the Paris Opera, which includes Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille. From 1994 to 1999 he was Director General of Opera Lausanne, from September 1999 until the end of the 2009/2010 season he worked as general manager and Artistic Director of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

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.