Who the hell is Sputnik

SPUTNIK is an extraterrestrial body circling the earth, the father of all satellites that receive signals and transmit data, spying on us, but also promising guidance.

SPUTNIK is the quintessential satellite known to the entire world, something that could not be said of its successors, particularly since they were launched in large numbers, and therefore had to make do with being identified by abbreviations and numbers.

SPUTNIK has antennas protruding from it that are also reminiscent of the legs of a tripod, making the satellite look like a camera, standing on firm ground in order to focus on its subjects at leisure.

SPUTNIK is used as a synonym for a view from a different perspective, off the beaten track, characterized by the fact that the same images by the same famous creators are continuously retrieved, exhibited, printed and discussed.

SPUTNIK stands for a new view of photographs, a different understanding of collecting traditional works.

SPUTNIK therefore represents a point of view.

SPUTNIK is a project based on two remarkable collections that opens up a remarkable perspective of them. Both keep pace with one another, since the collections must contain the unconventional, the exclusive, so as to allow them to be displayed in an exceptional manner.


SPUTNIK is an aesthetic model that not only permits but encourages other ways of looking at photography. This requires the correspondence of the images, which put forth their arguments in uncommon combinations and photo spreads. This juxtaposition disregards the conventional methods of display, with their thematic, motific, chronological, and personal constrictions, with their schoolmasterly manner and complaisant, orderly sequence. To the contrary: Sputnik points out peculiar relationships, brings together disparate epochs and muddles up chronology, acknowledges neither models nor successors but rather solely original concepts, presents the outmoded as normality and the trite as an outstanding exception. In a certain sense, an anti-historic view of history is pursued, and an aesthetic revealed itself that runs counter to the usual visual analogies.




SPUTNIK – Photographic Projects
Collection Andra Spallart und
Collection Fritz Simak


postal adress:
Sputnik, c/o Fritz Simak
Meidlinger Hauptstraße 1/11
1120 Wien, Austria