Heinz Hajek-Halke

Heinz Hajek-Halke was an important member of the group fotoform and through his production of camera-less photography an significant predecessor of generative photography. In his early works from the 1920s and 30s, Hajek-Halke was commenting critically on social phenomena by means of photo-montages like "Die üble Nachrede" (defamation) or "Der Gassenhauer" (popular song). Hajek-Halke’s later corpus of works Lichtgraphiken (light graphics) consists of experimental painting with a wide range of materials on negatives in the cliché verre technique. The pattern in his works are induced by the use of synthetic materials, adhesives, cristallisation and viscous substances which were applied by scraper, flat brush and pouring. He also superposes different layers of the thusly worked-on negatives and exposes them to light to create his characteristic works. This work process reveals the avant-garde character of Hajek-Halke’s art works: his photographs are not a depiction of the real world anymore but their own pictorial space – captivating and although abstract reminiscent of the contents of our dreams.