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Book page from Heinz Hajek-Halke Experimentelle Fotografie: Lichtgrafik (Bonn: Athenäum Verlag, 1955)
Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller
Stock id: #23854
First edition. 4to. 108pp. Mottled tan cloth with brown lettering on cover and spine in original pictorial dust jacket. Groundbreaking work on abstract/experimental photography by Heinz Hajek-Halke (1898-1983). In his younger years Hajek-Halke worked as a press photographer, photo editor and commercial photographer, focusing on montage techniques. In the late 1940's he became a member of the Fotoform group, and later taught photography and graphic design at the Berliner Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin). He also contributed some of his work to avant-garde illustrated journals such as Uhu. He is considered a pioneer of expressive, abstract photography using a wide variety of darkroom techniques. Illustrated with 46 full-page reproductions in photogravure of some of Hajek-Halke's work. With a text contribution by Robert D'Hooghe, titled "Das schöpferische Element in der Fotografie" (The creative element in photography / L'élément créateur dans la photographie). Text in German, English and French. Translations by Herbert Weil and Jean Le Gall. Publisher's ordering postcard laid-in, as issued.