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John Heartfield and the Agitated Image
Author: Andres Mario Zervigon

ISBN: 9780226981772
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 17 October 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.58 x 22.86 x 3.18
Description:
Working in Germany between the two world wars, John Heartfield (born Helmut Herzfeld, 1891-1968) developed an innovative method of appropriating and reusing photographs to powerful political effect. As a pioneer of modern photomontage, he sliced up mass media photos with his iconic scissors and then reassembled the fragments into compositions that utterly transformed the meaning of the originals. InJohn Heartfield and the Agitated Image, Andres Mario Zervigon explores this crucial period in the life and work of a brilliant, radical artist whose desire to disclose the truth obscured by the mainstream press and imperial propaganda made him a de facto prosecutor of Germany's visual culture.Zervigon charts the evolution of Heartfield's photomontage from an act of antiwar resistance into a formalized and widely disseminated political art in the Weimar Republic. Appearing on everything from campaign posters to book covers, thephotomonteur's notorious pictures challenged well-worn assumption and correspondingly walked a dangerous tightrope over the political, social, and cultural cauldron that was interwar Germany...

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