Heinz Hajek-Halke


Heinz Hajek-Halke (German, 1898–1983) studied painting and graphic design and after World War I worked as a photo editor, printer, and draughtsman. In 1925 he taught himself photography and briefly worked together with the photographer Yva in 1926. He experimented with multiple exposures and montages as well as making macrophotographs on scientific themes. During World War II he was an aerial photographer for the Wehrmacht. In 1945 he continued to work with photograms and to experiment with so-called “light graphics,” and became member of the fotoform in 1949. Some of his experimental works were exhibited at the subjektive fotografie exhibitions in the years 1951 to 1955. From 1955 to 1967 he taught photography at Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste.