Heino Heimann is a German art photographer who lives and works in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France and the US since the 80ies.

The Art is uniquely in the world, there are only a few artist left worldwide, that have the technique and material available that is necessary, to work with the 2.5 x 2.5 x 6 m sized camera. 

The color images are made with one of the most antiquarian of photographic processes: the camera obscura. Literally translated from Latin as “dark room” Heino has created a room-sized camera in which the photographic paper is exposed. The subject - is in the adjacent room, separated by a lens. Light falling on the subject is directly focused onto the photographic paper without an interposing film negative. The result is an entirely grainless image.  

His ingenious „chrome camera“ combines the ancient photogram process withe the camera obscura and uses ilfochrome photo papers, whose velvety depth, color brillance, and light sensitivity are unprecedented, to create rich, original images.

The overall sense of these larger-than-life images redefines the photographic illusion. Heino's subjects, composed simply and directly, are described with the thinnest plane of focus, re-creating and exaggerating the way that the human eye perceives and not without a small acknowledgement to Dutch Master painting.

Every images is developed by the artist in his own laboratory, a unique copy and mostly large-sized format (approx. 1.3 x 2.2 m).

Heino Heimann’s work consists of portraits and still life, but his newest edition develops a more abstract position. Currently, Heino spends his time in Apulien, Italy, where is captures the last beauty of the thousends of olive trees which are meant to die in the next years due to a fast growing tree bacteria. And when Heino travels with his camera obscura, one observes a travelling truck trailer re-constructed into one big-sized camera.

Heino's earlier work has been represented in galleries or is part of a collection like: Photokina 2012 in Cologne, Bank Julius Bär in Geneva, art collection F.Hoffmann-La Roche, Elton John Photography Collection London etc. During the last year, Heino hosted his artist studio within the Photobastei in downtown Zurich in the financial district. The Photobastei was the biggest Art Walk Project in Europe for the past year. This year in January, Heino got invited by Patrick Gutknecht Gallery to the art exhibition in Geneva with 6 of his art works. The gallery has international renowned photography in his portfolio like Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton or Horst P. Horst. 

Since 2015 the artist will be presented by the Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai and Gallery Monika Wertheimer in Basel, Switzerland.


Peony 2013, Unique Ilfochrome Photograph, 120 cm x 120 cm

Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus 161 bis 192,  2013, Unique Ilfochrome Photograph, 120 cm x 120 cm

Schleierktaut 2013, Unique Ilfochrome Photograph, 120 cm x 110 cm

Pumkin 2013, Unique Ilfochrome Photograph, 120 cm x 100 cm

Poppy 2014, Unique Ilfochrome Photograph, 120 cm x 120 cm

Pitopia 2016, Unique Ilfochrome Camera-Obscura Photograph, 120 x 120 cm