Friedl KUBELKA spent her childhood in East Berlin and Vienna. In 1972, Kubelka started to work at the project Year's Portraits, in which she began to photograph herself daily. Her photographic works accentuate temporality, seriality and the body–whether it be her own, her daughter's or her husband's body.


Kubelka studied photography at the Graphic Instruction and Research Institute in Vienna from 1965 until 1969. She later founded her own 'School of Artistic Photography' (1990). She was awarded the State Prize for Photography in 2005, Austria's most prestigious photography award, and has had numerous solo exhibitions, including 'Friedl Bondi', Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (1980); and 'Occupying Space, The Generali Collection', Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2005), amongst others. Also, her work was included in the groundbreaking exhibition 'WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution', MOCA, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2007).