These works offer a clarifying lens through which to read the later series “Misc Newswoman” (1984), which depicts female talking heads; rather than objectifications of desire (as much of Heinecken’s work with appropriated pornography and female glamour shots suggests), the videograms may simply be about bearing witness. Heinecken’s videograms — a term he coined himself — are drained of all but the barest essential information, and in the process filled up with supernatural portent. By visiting our website or transacting with us, you agree to this. Object Matter is the first retrospective of conceptual photographer Robert Heinecken’s work since his death in 2006. Represented by internationally reputable galleries. The family moved to Southern California in 1942, and he was raised in Riverside. Over five decades, Robert Heinecken's work as an artist and teacher radically expanded the reach of photography. They split their time between the two cities for several years before they moved to New Mexico in 2004.[2]. "Shiva and Parvati Seated", Embracing and Their Son Ganesha. He uses his trademark method of contact printing, where a magazine page with images on either side is placed on light sensitive paper and exposed, front and back of the page (recto and verso) being burned into the final photograph at the same time. We are what we watch, Heinecken seems to say. 1. A self-described “paraphotographer,” Heinecken’s expanded notion of photography is evident in his oft-cited comment: “The photograph is not a picture, but an object about something.” A comprehensive exhibition of Heinecken’s output, spanning the early 1960s through the 1990s, has just opened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. [3], Heinecken completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in art at UCLA, where he studied printmaking as well as photography. In "Are You Rea" series from 1964 to 1968, for instance, he created a portfolio of images filled with unexpected and sometimes surreal juxtapositions by placing a single magazine page on a light table, so that the resulting contact print picks up imagery from both sides of the page. Our site uses technology that is not supported by your browser, so it may not work correctly. Robert Heinecken, Vary Cliché / Fetishism, 1978 ©The Robert Heinecken Trust / Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York ALTERED: ... CCP Center for Creative Photography 1030 North Olive Road, P.O. To learn more about cookies please see In a simple juxtaposition, Heinecken draws us in and simultaneously repulses us. His role was to reveal, through cameraless photography, something that was already latent in the media. For any other use, please contact All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Robert Heinecken (1931 – May 19, 2006)[1] was an American artist who referred to himself as a "paraphotographer" because he so often made photographic images without a camera. Examples of each … He began his education at Riverside Junior College in Riverside, California (1949-1951), was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1953-1957, and went on to study art at the University of California, Los Angeles, completing a BA (1959) and then an MA (1960). Known for his use of photographic imagery, though he rarely used a camera. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Grant, and Polaroid Corporation grants. Mon-Fri 9-17 . Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA’s Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. 1970, Helmut Newton, 'Giant and Nude', Paris, 1974, 1979. 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He began his education at Riverside Junior College in Riverside, California (1949-1951), was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1953-1957, and went on to study art at the University of California, Los Angeles, completing a BA (1959) and then an MA (1960). He joined the Navy in 1954 and served as a fighter pilot (though too short, he passed a height test by padding his socks with paper). He taught there until 1991. His influence was felt by many students and associates.