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ByHeinrich Heidersberger

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Heinrich Heidersberger's black and white rhythmograms were created between 1953 and 1965 as design elements for a mural in a technical college. He developed the rhythmograms from simpler to increasingly complex, almost deconstructivist forms, some of which were created using photographic techniques such as reversal and solarization.

Color was the next logical step. The archive contained colored foils measuring 6 x 6 cm, which Heidersberger assembled into five colored rhythmograms between 1960 and 1970.

Finally, in 1973, Heidersberger screen-printed two color rhythmogram posters (Andromeda and Energy) in black-light active neon colors that were marketed internationally and were particularly successful in London.

Heidersberger also received recognition from artistic circles for his topicality. Jean Cocteau, for example, was impressed by the relevance of his work. It was very early on that the Frenchman bought a rhythmogram as a birthday present for Picasso.

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Heinrich Heidersberger (1906-2006) is one of the foremost photographers of modern Germany with a photographic career spanning nearly eight decades. Trained as a painter under Ferdinand Léger, Heinrich Heidersberger came to photography by chance. In his early career, Heinrich Heidersberger was known for his architectural photography and commissioned work by leading architects of the Braunschweig School, who particularly appreciated his light guidance. Fascinated by the idea of turning light into an object itself, in the early 1950s, Heinrich Heidersberger began to devote himself to luminography; the recording of a light source in motion.

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