Heinz Hajek-Halke


1898 born in Berlin, spends part of his childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina
1910 return to Germany
1915/16 student at the Königliche Kunstschule Berlin, military service
1918/19 resumption of his studies at Berliner Kunstgewerbe-Museum under Prof. Emil Orlik and Hans Baluschek
1925-31 Pressphotographer for PRESSE-PHOTO BERLIN and FOTOAKTUELL, freelance photographer for several newspapers and magazines like “Das Magazin” or “Mode und Helm”, specialised in photomontages
1927/28 collaboration with Marta Astfalck-Vietz (1901-1994); development of “Combi-Photographien”
1930-32 intense study of the artistic possibilities in nude photography
awarded the golden medal of an international photo-exhibition in Rome for the composition of a “living sculpture”
1933/34 hired by the Reich Propaganda Ministry to design posters for the NSDAP and forge documentary photographs of communist politicians, which he eluded by moving to Lake Constance
1934-37 mostly working as a photojournalist focussing on small animal biology for scientific magazines
1936 Travel to Brazil, several photo reportages
1938-45 factory photographer for Dornier in Friedrichshafen, Germany
1949-52 member of the group “fotoform”
1955 call as professor of photo-graphics at Hochschule für bildende Künste Berlin
1983 dies in Berlin, Germany

Awards and Grants

1965 culture prize of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie
1978 David Octavius Hill-Medal

Select Solo Exhibitions

2002 “Heinz Hajek-Halke (1898-1983)” at Galerie d’art graphique, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2007 Kunstbibliothek Berlin, Germany
2009 Städtische Galerie Regensburg, Germany

Select Group Exhibitions

1929 participation in the exhibition “Film und Foto”, Stuttgart
1951 participation in the international exhibition “subjektive fotografie” in Saarbrücken, Germany
1954 participation with special mention at Photokina in Köln, Germany
second exhibition of “subjektive fotografie”, Saarbrücken, Germany


1955 “Experimentelle Photographie”
1964 “Lichtgrafik”, Düsseldorf, Germany