Montage Master Revealed Tonight

For many designers and illustrators, the German visual satirist John Heartfield (with scissors in hand above) is a hero. Born Helmut Herzfeld in 1891, he anglicized his name to protest German involvement in World War I and went on to invent the political photomontage. He was also co-founder of the publishing house Malik Verlag with brother Wieland Herzfeld and George Grosz. But aside from a few books, only one film, John Heartfield Fotomonteur (1977), was ever made about him and it was shown only once in the U.S. in 1982 at New York’s Film Forum. Tonight, Ovation TV offers up a documentary on Heartfield and his impact on visual commentary. The program airs at 8 and 11pm and again tomorrow, August 22, at 2am.
    For those who cannot catch the show, check out the archive of his AIZ covers at George Eastman House or other satirical and Dada images at Art History Timelines.

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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