There’s a safety in thinking in a diner. You can have your coffee or your milkshake, and you can go off into strange dark areas, and always come back to the safety of the diner.”― David Lynch
Artist Stefan Fuertbauer’s photography series Eiterquellen captures the nostalgic, neon-lit Vienesse Wurstel Diners that are a staple of Austrian fast-food culture. The vendors were introduced to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in the late 1800’s to provide a safe income for war veterans and have become an essential part of urban culture as neighbourly nightspots that sell meat-pickle-cheese style snacks, kebabs and, of Viennese sausages – the beloved Bosna (with onions and curry), Burenwurst, Käsekrainer, Eitrige (meaning “puss-filled” with melted cheese inside).
“Most of the time these diners are isolated islands of food supply in an ancient surrounding with a dash of cultural heritage,” Fuertbauer explains. “Isolated both in the sense of appearance as well as in the sense of resisting against global operating fast-food chains.”