"The photo book 'Der Alchimist' by Heinz HAJEK-HALKE appears as volume 3 of the work edition. The late work of the German photographer not only allows a special look at the history of photography as art, but also changes the perspective on the history of the visual arts in the 1950s overall.
The photo book 'The Alchemist' is dedicated to the light graphics from the late work of Heinz HAJEK-HALKE. It shows him as an idiosyncratic designer in the context of abstract art after the Second World War, as a representative of Informel and the École de Paris. The first of these works were created on an old animation film table, without a photographic template and thus without real images. The abstraction of this way of working becomes the determining factor for the rest of his oeuvre, which will last a good two decades: Even where visible reality plays into the pictures, the construction is abstract, often determined by coincidences in the work and therefore informal in the true sense of the word - before the form. In contrast to artists in painting and sculpture, with whom he had a lot of contact, Heinz HAJEK-HALKE remained a genuinely photographic designer: The end product of his work was always photographic prints." (freely translated publisher's text, © Steidl Verlag, 2012)
About the photographer Heinz HAJEK-HALKE (1898-1983)
Photo books by Heinz HAJEK-HALKE
- Heinz HAJEK-HALKE (GER)
- HC (no dust jacket, as issued), 26 x 33 cm., 176 pp., b/w ills.
- Year of Release
- Steidl Verlag, Göttingen
- Print run details
- 1st print run, out of print