Annemarie Heinrich

Germany / Argentina / 1912 - 2005 / wikipedia / / /
Annemarie Heinrich (9 Jan. 1912 – 22 Sept. 2005); German-born naturalized Argentine photographer, specialized in portraits and nudity. She is known for having photographed various celebrities of Argentine cinema, such as Tita Merello, Carmen Miranda, Zully Moreno and Mirtha Legrand; as well as other cultural personalities like Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda and Eva Perón.

Heinrich was born in Darmstadt and moved to Larroque, Entre Ríos Province, with her family in 1926, her father having been injured during the First World War. In 1930 she opened her first studio in Buenos Aires. Two years later she moved to a larger studio, and began photographing actors from the Teatro Colón. Her photos were also the cover of magazines such as El Hogar, Sintonía, Alta Sociedad, Radiolandia and Antena for 40 years.

Heinrich's work was shown in New York for the first time in 2016 at Nailya Alexander Gallery in the show "Annemarie Heinrich: Glamour and Modernity in Buenos Aires."

Heinrich is considered one of Argentina's most important photographers.

Heinrich began her career as an apprentice to European émigré photographers, and in 1930, at the age of 18, she set up her first studio in Buenos Aires. Surrounded by artists of every discipline – celebrities, film and radio stars, opera singers, ballerinas, tango dancers – Heinrich soon developed a new genre in Argentina: the celebrity portrait. As Juan Travnik writes in Annemarie Heinrich: Un cuerpo, una luz, un reflejo (Ediciones Larivière, 2015),

"Annemarie Heinrich became the creator of a genre which in Argentina, as well as in other countries, developed side by side with the growth of the film industry and the popularization of the radio. Her passion for scenography, the fine arts, dance and theater allowed her to intertwine her knowledge of those fields – together with her careful study of different...
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