Gallery for Photography


OstLicht was founded in 2012 on the premises of the Anker Brotfabrik in Vienna and has established itself as the leading Austrian gallery dealing exclusively with photography. Located in one of Vienna's upcoming cultural hubs, the Gallery’s 400 m2 space has housed comprehensive retrospectives, solo-exhibitions and conceptual group shows by the likes of Nobuyoshi Araki, Ren Hang, Stefanie Moshammer, David LaChapelle, VALIE EXPORT, Juergen Teller, Julian Schnabel and Cora Pongracz. OstLicht Gallery exclusively represents a range of contemporary shooting stars and emerging photographers. We regularly join major international art fairs for photography, such as Photo London, Photofairs Shanghai or viennacontemporary.

The company was founded by entrepreneur and photo enthusiast Peter Coeln who for more than two decades now has provided collectors worldwide with the most sought-after vintage cameras and prints available. He established the Leica Shop in Vienna’s 7th district, a mecca for every camera aficionado and also launched WestLicht Museum, whose exhibition programme and unique collection of historic cameras attracts visitors from all over the world, and OstLicht Photo Auction, which twice a year offers masterpieces of fine art photography and has built a history of record-breaking results.

OstLicht Collection

New storage facilities opened in 2015 are the home of OstLicht Collection, which holds over 120.000 prints and unites 19th century, modern and contemporary masterpieces in one place. Our diverse and extensive holdings cover a broad range of the finest creations in the history of the medium: from vintage masterworks of the 19th and 20th century, iconic fine art photographs and classics of photojournalism to Viennese Actionism of the 1960s and cutting edge contemporary artists. We encourage visits at our collection by appointment for the close-up study of selected originals. The collection administration office coordinates specific enquiries and appointments in advance.

OstLicht Auction

After 33 successful WestLicht Auctions from 2001 to 2018, we are pleased to announce a very special camera auction in addition to the traditional photo auction. It is a special pleasure for us to be able to offer one of the world's most important Leica collections on 5 June 2024. Let us surprise you and celebrate with us a festival for all friends of camera technology.
Over 30 years of experience with camera technology have enabled us to bring this unique collection to Vienna. In addition to the rarities from Leitz, there are also specialities and unique pieces from other manufacturers. A magnificent selection of valuable lenses rounds off this very special auction.

Absberggasse 27, stair 3, 1. floor A-1100 Vienna
Closed due to installation works // Opening 14.02.2024 / 6:30 pm