Friedl Kubelka (born 1946 in London, England) is an Austrian photographer and filmmaker. From a young age, Kubelka and her family moved to East Berlin and Vienna where she ended up spending her childhood. From 1965 to 1969, she studied industrial photography at the Graphic Instruction and Research Institute in Vienna. In 1990, she founded the ‘School of Artistic Photography’.
Kubelka’s most famous body of work is her Year’s Portraits, which she began in 1972, by taking pictures of herself on a daily basis over the period of an entire year and repeated this process every year since. From this photographic work, one can witness the focus on temporality, seriality and the body- varying from her own, her daughter’s and her husband’s.
In the 20th century, Kubelka greatly contributed to the larger movement known as Feminist Actionism, also known as Viennese Actionism. This movement consisted of female artists who would capture their sexuality on film as a way to convey their raw and highly personal selves.
Kubelka received recognition for her works and was awarded the State Prize for Photography in 2005, Austria’s most prestigious photography award. Additionally, she has had solo exhibitions at the Centre George Pompidou, Paris (1980), Fotogalerie, Vienna (2004), and the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2005).