Franz G. Messenbaeck is a photographer and surgeon in Bischofshofen and Schwarzach, Salzburg, Austria. He considers both professions as complementary. The precision of surgery influences photography, aesthetic sensibilities of photography bring advantages in surgery. Franz G. Messenbaeck started photographing during his time as a student of medicine in Vienna and gained his first experiences in the darkroom in 1985. Fascinated by the American landscape photographers of the last century, he decided to work with a large format camera at quite an early date. For the last six years, Franz has only been recording pictures on a digital camera. Previously, he had concentrated on black-and-white shots, but the digital workflow also disclosed the world of colour photography to him.
Since 2009, Franz G. Messenbaeck has been working as a professional photographer now. His passion is landscape photography. In addition, he runs a small but fine portrait studio in the city of Bischofshofen near Salzburg in Austria. He travels a lot, mainly to the American West and to Northern Europe, where he enjoys the solitary landscapes full of structures and abstractions. These landscapes are an energetic supplement and a relaxing counterpoint for his surgical work too.
In 2013 Franz G. Messenbaeck was awarded the prestigious Master QEP (Master Qualified European Photographer) by the Federation of European Professional Photographers (FEP). And in 2016, the german association Bund Professionaller Porträtfotografen (bpp) gave the quality award Professional Photographer of High Quality (HQbpp) to Franz G. Messenbäck, as the second Austrian photographer.