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As a contributer to the dada movement, John Heartfield (Helmut Herzfeld) communicated his artistic vision through photomontage among the Berlin dada scene.  His use of photomontage serves as an example of  protest to governmental control within WWII Germany.  Predominantly published  in various communist publications of the time, Heartfield used a satirical approach in his commentary of the German Nazi Party.  Here are a few GREAT examples of his work:

A Berlin SayingA Berlin Saying

Adolf HitlerAdolf the Superman: Swallows Gold and Spouts Junk


Heartfield was born in 1891 as Helmut Herzfeld. He changed his name in part as a way to protest World War I; he even feigned madness to avoid returning to the service. During the Weimar period he became a member of the Berlin DADA group. He used his collage work as a political medium, incorporating images from the political journals of the day. He edited “Der DADA” and organized the First International DADA Fair in Berlin in 1920.

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  1. Jared Ragland permalink*
    11/07/2009 14:47

    I was wondering if anyone would share Heartfield’s work. He is one of my biggest influences. Thanks for mentioning him.

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