Lillian Birnbaum uses photography as another means of expression besides developing and producing  movies through her company peartree-entertainment
photography is for her  an adventure of the mind, to mirror the identity of mankind, of life, the simple and the obvious. It is an expression of inhabiting the world…
Lillian’s photo-works examine the tension between the documentary nature of photography and its  evocative narrative elements.

Born in New York  – raised in Vienna  and lives currently in Paris.
From 1982 on Lillian worked as a photographer for magazines in Europe and the USA and exhibited her photography on a regular basis.
From 1998 on Lillian got more and more involved with the film industry,developed and produced  several award winning  film projects for legendary producer Arthur Cohn .
In 2010 Lillian Birnbaum founded the film production company peartree-entertainment gmbh, based in Vienna, with a desk in Paris , which develops and produces content for Film and Television


2020-02 -15  Johanna Breede  PHOTOKUNST , Berlin BEHIND THE SCENES    a group show on relationship of film and photography

2019 12-11   In The  Fortress / Gallery Traklhaus  Salzburg    SHIFTING REALITIES   photos from movie sets and fairgrounds

2019  03- 06  Museum der Moderne/ Salzburg  HUMANITY IN PHOTOGRAPHS/MENSCHENBILDER , Groupshow,

2017 Galerie Heike Curtze in Salzburg/ during Festival “DER SELBSTMENSCH” a limited portfolio of 18 photographs ,a performance with Austrian Artist Günther Brus

2017  Johanna Breede PHOTOKUNST , Berlin LIEBLINGS BILDER /FAVORITE IMAGES a group show

2016  Johanna Breede PHOTOKUNST , Berlin VIS A VIS  a group show

2015 Galerie Heike Curtze und Petra Seiser, Vienna,“DER SELBSTMENSCH” a limited portfolio of 18 photographs ,a performance with Austrian Artist Günther Brus

2015  Johanna Breede PHOTOKUNST , Berlin  “THE WINDOW – DAS FENSTER “  a group show

2015  Bildhalle  in  Kilchberg, Zurich   “DRIVE IN” a group show

2014 Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg Hier steht ein Sessel Stuhl, Hocker” Group show of 100 international renown artists about “the chair’

2012 Literaturhaus, Graz, Austria “Das Portait des Dichters in seiner  Abwesenheit”

2012 Hauptbibliothek Vienna, Peter Handke. “Das Portait des Dichters in seiner Abwesenheit”

2012 Museum der Moderne, Salzburg Röcke Tragen”

2009 Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York Transition”

2008 Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (group exhibition) Teen City,the  Adolescent Adventure”

2007 Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris  Transition”

2008 Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg Transition”


1994 Espace des Arts, Chalon sur Saône Portraits de Sophie” part of the group exhibition Treize en vues,

1993 Galerie Würthle and Messepalast, for Wiener Festwochen, Vier Frauen”

1990 Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg Seelenlärm” Portraits of the Artists of Gugging /

1985 Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz – Museum Wolfgang Gurlitt, Linz, Austria Seelenlärm”

1984 Galerie Würthle, Vienna Fahrende”


Lillian photographs  are in private collections in USA and Europe.
Her photographs are in the permanent collection of the:
“Photography at the Salzburger Landessammlungen Rupertinum”
and the ” Wien Museum “Vienna ,



“Peter Handke- Portrait  des Dichters  in seiner Abwesenheit”, Müry Salzman Verlag, 2011

“Transition”, about adolescence…. Hatje Cantz, 2008

“Vier Frauen” Portraits of Hanna Schygulla, Barbara Sukowa, Katharina Thalbach und Sunnyi Melles, Heidelberg 1992.

“Fahrende” with an Essay by Ingrid Puganigg, Medusa Verlag Berlin & Vienna 1984.

Photographs are published in books  (selected)

Lothar Schirmer, Du … Augen wie Sterne”: das Hanna-Schygulla-Album, Munich 2004.

Lothar Schirmer, ed. / Hrsg.) Frauen sehen Frauen”: eine Bildgeschichte der Frauen-Photographie, Munich / München 2001.

Joachim Riedl, ed. / Hrsg.,Heimat: auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Identität” Vienna / Wien 1995.

“Treize en vues, catalogue présenté par Renate Gallois Montbrun, Espace Chalon-sur-Saône, Paris 1994.

“Gugging 1946–1986: die Künstler und ihre Werke”, Vienna 1997. Leo Navratil, ed. / Hrsg.,

“Die Künstler aus Gugging” ed. / hrsg. von Leo Navratil, exh. cat. / Ausst.-Kat. Berlin & Vienna / 1982.