"In the decade between 1955 and 1965, Horst H. BAUMANN from Düsseldorf was one of the most innovative and at the same time most successful photographers of his generation. From a standing start, the self-taught photographer found a visual language that radically differed from the trends and fashions of his time. What distinguishes his early black-and-white photography is, on the one hand, an honest interest in social issues and, on the other, a consistent search for his own expression in camera art. Even in the most seemingly banal of subjects, he discovered a worthwhile motif through the deliberate use of partial focus, bold cut-outs or sought-after perspectives.
Playing children, fairgrounds, parades, the Rhenish carnival, but also the world of mining and industry became his first self-chosen subjects. He participated in exhibitions, won prizes, and was omnipresent in the press of those years. In addition, he began to distinguish himself as a color photographer. His photographs from the world of Formula 1 in particular made him internationally known and, in retrospect, made him a pioneer of photographic art in color. Most recently, Horst H. BAUMANN appeared in public mainly as a laser artist. This volume, 'Apropos Visionary. The Photographer Horst H. BAUMANN', is a rediscovery of this exceptional photographic talent and also pays tribute for the first time to his contribution to 'New Color' photography." (© Steidl Verlag, 2023)