Biography


Born 1955 in Vienna.

Recorded Johann Sebastian Bach’s B-Minor Mass (BWV 232) under Nikolaus Harnoncourt as a member of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, Soprano I (TELDEC 4509-95517-2)

Studied trumpet with Helmut Wobisch at Vienna’s Academy of Music

Played trumpet with Standart Oil and other new wave formations; recorded the LP “Nagasaki” in 1982 for the PANZAPLATTE label (Ariola 204863)

Received support and encouragement from the Austrian-born photographer Ernst Haas: “I have followed Fritz Simak’s development for several years now and can recognize in his work a very personal, independent vision. He is a musician who became a photographer; there is music in his pictures.” From: Walter Koschatzky: “Die Kunst der Photographie”, Residenz Verlag 1984, p. 394

Trained in New York City at the Ernst Haas Studio and as a printer with Todd Watts, Motel Fine Arts. Worked on photographs by Berenice Abbott and Lynne Cohen

Studied art history at the University of Vienna, writing his dissertation on “The Photographer Ernst Haas, 1921-1986”

Pioneer of concept photography in Austria Galerie Faber: “Sequenzen & Serien, Kontaktabzüge 1972 – 1977” 2005: Salzburg Museum der Moderne: “Simultaneous - Two Collections of Austrian Photography from the Collections of the Federal Chancellery and the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg”

Weinviertel landscape series 1996: Galerie Faber: “Landschaften” 1997: Literaturhaus Salzburg: “Körper: Landschaften”

Documented the washing of the Vienna State Opera between 1979 and 1982 in 5760 photographs 2004: Wien Museum: “Vienna Lines: Art and Observation of the City Since 1960”

2007 – 2008 curator of the photography exhibition and editor of the accompanying photography books “Landschaft. Zwei Sammlungen. Photographie aus drei Jahrhunderten” at the Kulturfabrik Hainburg, drawing on works from the collection of Fritz Simak and the collection of the Lower Austrian Provincial Museum. Also curated the 2011 exhibitions “Sputnik I” and “Sputnik II – Magic of the Object” from the SpallArt und Simak collections at the Leopold Museum, Vienna

Awards

Recognition Award 2014 and goldenes Ehrenkreuz (Decoration of Honour in Gold) 2016 of the Province of Lower Austria.

Collections (public)

Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Vienna. 
Graphic Art Collection of the Albertina, Vienna. 
Heimatraum der Gemeinde Niederleis, Niederleis/ Lower Austria. 
museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig
, Vienna. 
Lower Austria
n Provincial Museum, St. Pölten. 
Austrian Photographic Gallery
at the Rupertinum, Salzburg. 
Collection of the Austrian Postal Savings Bank
, Vienna.
Collection of the City of Vienna
, Vienna. 
Sammlung SpallArt
, Salzburg

Collections (private)

Vienna, Salzburg, Berlin, Munich, New York, Maine