"Black & White Nude" is one of the most well-known photographs of Heinz Hajek-Halke. It makes the viewer think of the black, white and nude in all their senses, at the same time. The fine exposure of two negatives onto each other also makes the viewer contemplate on the notions “positive” and “negative” while prompting them to imagine the sublime standing of white and black bodies together. Therefore, the photograph not only aesthetically but also intellectually and even technically stimulates the viewer through these two elegant bodies that are in a reflective opposition, completing and repeating each other. Although it is the very same body, photographically it conveys the sense that the image captures two different bodies in a charming harmony.
Sotheby's, Paris, November 19, 2010, lot 71. 15,000 - 25,000 EUR (20,472 - 34,120 USD)Sold For 17,500 EUR 23,884 USD
Heinz Hajek-Halke (1898-1983), Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, 2002; Heinz Hajek-Halke: Form aus Licht und Schatten, Berlin, Kulturforum/ Museum für Fotografie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, 2007 et Munich, Kunstfoyer Versicherungskammer Bayern, 2008
Klaus Honnef and Michael Ruetz, Heinz Hajek-Halke: Artist, Anarchist, Steidl, Göttingen, 2006, p. 117.