# 9179 / 1 Selbstportrait, Wolfsburg 1962
'Braunschweig', Verlag Gersbach und Sohn, Braunschweig 1957
# 3809 / 3 Selbstportrait 'Traum und Wirklichkeit', 1955

Born in Ingolstadt in 1906, Heinrich Heidersberger grew up in Linz (Austria) and Denmark before briefly studying architecture and then attended painting classes given by Fernand Léger in Paris. He was heavily influenced by Giorgio de Chiricos pittura metafisica and french Surrealism. In 1937 he started as an industrial and architectural photographer. His first major work was an illustrated book about the Heinkel aircraft factory in Oranienburg.

After World War II Heidersberger advanced to become one of the leading architectural photographers in Germany. Most notably the architects of the Braunschweig School appreciated his work. In the 1950s Heidersberger also began to experiment with abstract and surrealistic photography. For that purpose he built the rhythmograph after he moved to Wolfsburg in 1961.

However, the acknowledgement of his art began not until the 1980s. The interest of the experts focused mainly on Heidersberger ?s independent works. The knowledge about other parts of his complex oeuvre was left up to his clients and himself. This particular situation caused conflict between independent and applied photography. On one side, artistically working with the medium, subjected to the autonomous dictum of art; on the other side, the strict framework conditions of applied photography.

Heinrich Heidersberger overcame these conditions and dared to realize his ideas and revealed new views of seemingly old things. His ability to combine aesthetic principles with aspects of functionality turned him into an outstanding modernist photographer. On 10 June 2006, Heinrich Heidersberger turned 100. He died only a few weeks after his birthday on 14 July.

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