Rhythmogramm 183A, 2023

by Heinrich Heidersberger

Photography : black & white edition, fine art print

59.4 x 42 x 0.1 cm 23.4 x 16.5 x 0 inch


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Numbered and limited to 5 copies

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Photography: black & white edition, fine art print

Dimensions cm inch

59.4 x 42 x 0.1 cm 23.4 x 16.5 x 0 inch Height x Width x Depth


Not framed

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Artwork location: Germany

Heinrich Heidersberger shaped photography with his innovation and creativity. He became known above all for his luminography, in which he used light itself as an object. His outstanding work, the "Rhythmograph", arose from his fascination with the play of light.

At the invitation of the engineering school in Wolfenbüttel in 1955, Heidersberger developed the rhythmograph. This device, consisting of scaffolding, pendulums, mirrors and a light source, produced three-dimensional light drawings that he called "rhythmograms". Through years of optimization, he created a new visual language that used chance as a design principle.

The new edition of his work, presented as a Hahnemühle Fine Art Print, shows the beauty and complexity of his rhythmograms. With the estate stamp of the Heidersberger Institute on the back, these works are lovingly preserved and titled. With an edition of 5 + 2 AP on A2 sheets, including a white border all around, Heidersberger's legacy in photography is honored.

His Rhythmograph is now on display in the exhibition room of the Heidersberger Institute, a symbol of his groundbreaking contributions to the art of photography and his tireless search for new means of expression. Heidersberger's work remains an inspiration for the generations of photographers and artists who come after him.

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Heinrich Heidersberger, Rhythmogramm 183A

Heinrich Heidersberger

Germany  • 1906  - 2006


Heinrich Heidersberger, born in Linz, Austria, in 1912, discovered his passion for art and creativity at an early age. After graduating from high school in Linz in 1925 and abandoning his architecture studies in Graz, he began his journey through the world of photography.

His career took him through various cities such as Berlin, Braunschweig, and Wolfsburg, as well as international centers of creativity such as Paris, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the USA. Inspired by Fernand Léger in Paris, he began photography in 1928 and became a full-time photographer in 1929.

Heidersberger's work included travel reports for renowned magazines such as Life Magazine, where he documented the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Brussels World's Fair. His work was not limited to travel; in 1938 he took over the management of the photo department of the Reichswerke Hermann Göring in Salzgitter.

After the Second World War, Heidersberger opened his own photography studio in Braunschweig and published a remarkable photo book about the war-torn city in 1954. In the 1950s and 1960s, he established himself as a renowned industrial and architectural photographer, working for well-known magazines such as the "Illustrierte Zeitung" and the "Architectural Digest".

His love of experimentation led to groundbreaking developments such as the light cannon of 1949, which enabled him to show naked women in a series for the "Stern" magazine. Another achievement was his pendulum machine, which won him a silver medal at the Milan Triennale in 1957 and was used to create photographic rhythmograms.

Heidersberger spent most of his life in Wolfsburg, where he settled in 1961 and set up his studio in Wolfsburg Castle. There he founded the Schloßstraße 8 artists' group, which no longer exists but continues to carry on his creative vision. In 2003 he was made an honorary citizen of Wolfsburg for his life's work and his contribution to art.

Heinrich Heidersberger passed away in 2006, but his legacy as an innovator and pioneer in photography lives on. His works remain an inspiration for future generations of photographers and artists worldwide.

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