Robert Heinecken  Copywork

Text by Kevin Moore
Ridinghouse 2012 in association with Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles
£28  |  $49.95

30.5 × 24.2 cm  |  12 × 9 1/2 in
144 pp, 150 colour ill
ISBN: 978 1 905464 47 0

A long-awaited and comprehensive monograph on Robert Heinecken – one of America’s most influential contemporary Conceptual artists working with photography – reflects the increasing appreciation of his iconoclastic work.

Robert Heinecken (1931–2006) has been called one of America’s most influential contemporary, conceptual photographers, and yet he rarely used a camera. His definition of photography encompassed everything related to the photo; rather than focusing on the photographic image as a creation derived solely from a camera, his interest was on the relation of methods and formalism – often in an irreverent and humorous way – to popular media.


This first large-scale monograph presents an overview of Heinecken’s work from the 1960–90s, highlighting his exploration of the material possibilities of the medium, and how he created new methods to record and produce photographic objects using collage, lithography, Polaroid, silver gelatin prints, color processes, digital prints and experimental uses of darkroom chemistry.

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