ISBN: 80-7215-107-X|Published: 2000|Pages: 140|SOLD
Binding: Softbound|Format: 160 x 180 mm|Graphic design: Pavel Lev, Studio Najbrt
Alexandr Hackenschmied (1907–2004) is one of the founders of modern Czech photography and film. He has lived outside his native land since 1939; in 1947 he became a citizen of the United States of America and began to go by the name of Hammid. With his wife, Maya Deren, he played a key role in American avant-garde film. Hackenschmied, alone or with others, made a number of important documentaries, some of which won him official recognition, including an Oscar. His dynamic conception of space, conveyed with years of experience as a cameraman and editor, manifested itself in his photographic work; he combined formal perfection with emotional content and the reflections of the artist with the reflections of the audience. Hackenschmied also published a number of essays on photography and film, in which he formulated a new aesthetic for both media.