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Photography and Beyond I (Photographie und jenseits I)

Photography and Beyond I
Scene from "Photography and Beyond I" (photo courtesy of Heinz Emigholz)

Photography and beyond is a series of films dealing with the human accomplishments of design: projects such as writings, drawings, photography, architecture and sculpture. The first three films of the series are Sullivan's Banks (Architecture as Autobiography - Louis H. Sullivan 1856-1924), The Basis of Make-Up II (Writings and Drawings), and Maillart's Bridges (Architecture as Autobiography - Robert Maillart 1872-1940).

A reverse visual process is analyzed: seeing as expression, not as impression. The eye as the interface between the brain and the outside world, the gaze as the compositional power that projects an ideas into the outside world or comprehends it by means of cinematography. From the writing, drawings, and studies of the works of various architechts something indescribable is formed: an expression in film of the objectification of mental thoughts.


Heinz Emigholz was born in 1948 near Bremen. He trained as a draftsman and studied Philosophy and Literature in Hamburg. Since 1973, he has worked as an independent filmmaker, artist, writer and producer in Germany and the USA. In 1974 he started his encyclopaedic drawing series THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP. He looks back on numerous exhibitions, retrospectives, lectures and publications. In 1984 he started his film series PHOTOGRAPHY AND BEYOND. He has held a professorship in Experimental Filmmaking at the Universität der Künste Berlin since 1993, and co-founded the Institute for Time-based Media and the Art and Media program there. A selection of his highly-acclaimed films includes: SCHENEC-TADY I-III (1973-1975), ARROWPLANE (1974), TIDE (1974), HOTEL (1976), DEMON (1977), NORMALSATZ (1981), THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP I-III (1983-2004), DIE WIESE DER SACHEN (1987), DER ZYNISCHE KÖRPER (1990), SULLIVAN’S BANKS (2000), MISCELLANEA I-III (2001-2004), GOFF IN THE DESERT (2003), D'ANNUNZIO’S CAVE (2005), SCHINDLER’S HOUSES (2007), LOOS ORNAMENTAL (2008), SENSE OF ARCHITECTURE (2009), PARABETON-PIER LUIGI NERVI AND ROMAN CONCRETE (2012), PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA (2012), TWO MUSEUMS (2013), and STREETSCAPES (2017). More at www.pym.de.
Genre Art, Educational, History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1983
Director Heinz Emigholz
Screenplay Heinz Emigholz
Cinematography Heinz Emigholz
Heinz Emigholz
Producer Heinz Emigholz
Production Company Heinz Emigholz Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with WDR
Length 110 min
Format 35 mm, color
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby Stereo
Festivals Berlin 2001 (Forum), New York 2002 (Views from the Avant-Garde), Buenos Aires 2004
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Pym Films/Berlin

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