Moonblinx Gallery: Edward Hartwig Centenary 2010 Calendar (English and German Edition).
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Moonblinx Publishing
By: Sebastian Gaiser, Karsten ThormaehlenEdward Hartwig (1909 2003), the great Polish master photographer, would have turned 100 2009. Reason enough for a rediscovery of his comprehensive oeuvre. In all of his works he captures the intensity of the moment in an inimitable manner, whether in his portraits, his architecture and landscape photography or, last but not least, his photography of theater and dance performances. The most characteristic trait in his work is its experimental expression. Hartwig was convinced that in the field of photography, innovative artistic insights can only be gained by accordingly applying innovative perspectives and creative methods. Experimenting opened a path for new perspectives in photography: In order to enhance the dynamism, expressivity and structural impact of his works, he uses particularly in his black and white photography intense contrasts of light and shadow and thus combines real and fantastic elements with purely abstract ones. Hartwig s experiments result in compositions of truly unique suspense and rhythm. This is especially manifest in Hartwig s nudes and female portraits, which were chosen for this calendar by Anna Nowak, Sebastian Gaiser and Karsten Thormaehlen: Edward Hartwig molds the figures as if they were motion-filled photographic sculptures of inherent grace, alienates them by applying different surface designs or uses body fragments, which he relates skillfully to a multifacetted background. His teacher in photography was Rudolf Koppitz.
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