"SILLY WALKS" - Vienna

with NOEMI JAMES-BUTTINGER

Vienna 2022

Photography & Concept: MARIA LOEWENSTEIN & NOEMI JAMES- BUTTINGER

The silly walk first received global recognition in Charlie Chaplin’s character „The Tramp“ and became an unforgettable classic in Monty Pythons „Ministry of Silly Walks“.

 

In Vienna, the Silly Walk is in search of old and often forgotten stores, their iconic typographies and unique storefronts, that give the city its exclusive character however are on the verge of disappearing.

The Silly Walk shows in a playful way, how valuable these old signs are for the multicultural city in the heart of Europe.

The Austrian photographer Maria Loewenstein, who has lived in Los Angeles for the past 20 years, returns to her second home to portray it from a new angle.

Together with actress and artist Noemi Sophia James-Buttinger, who also lived and studied in New York City, they embark on a photographic journey.

Through this artistic adventure they were also able to engage with the store owners who enthusiastically shared their stories so they will not be forgotten.