US Scholar alum and photographer Keith Kovach (University of Central Florida) was the Fulbright-MQ/Q21 Artist-in-Residence in 2015 and published a book of photographs that resulted from his time in Austria entitled "Vienna in the Winter." His stay also resulted in a cooperation between his home institution and the Fachhochschule Salzburg which will lead to student exchanges between the institutions.
While on a follow-up visit to Vienna in summer 2016, Keith began visiting the Albertina Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum and Belvedere Museum and "found myself focusing on the paintings of cityscapes (urban Landscapes) of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. The paintings take the viewer back in time and show the details of life during that time." He was especially interested in works from the 17th to 19th centuries executed by the Dutch painter Jan Vermeer, the Italian Bernardo Bellotto, and the Austrian artists Rudolf Ritter von Alt, Thomas Ender, Friedrich Loos, Carl Wenzel Zajicek, Gustave Caillebotte, and Franz Poledne.
Inspired by the historical cityscapes echoed in the city around him, he conceived of a new project, which he obligingly shared with us:
"While looking at these paintings of Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, and Budapest, it occurred to me that it would be great to make current images of these paintings.