Galerie Duret

Artist

Roswitha HECKE

Roswitha Hecke was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1944. She is known for her photographic projects that take a look at unfamiliar milieus, familiar faces and foreign cities and countries.

Hecke wanted to become a photographer from the time she was a teenager. The daughter of a teacher, she had never before held a camera in her hands, but one morning, she woke up one knowing that she needed to take photos. After a three-year apprenticeship as a photographer, Hecke became acquainted with the theatrical director Peter Zadek. During the seven years of their relationship, she photographed Zadek’s theatre productions exclusively. This period was followed by shots of many other stage works and films, including productions by Werner Schroeter, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and, in Paris, of Éric Rohmer.

Hecke regards herself as a modern nomad. She has travelled the world: France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, India, Mexico, Peru, USA, Spain, and Switzerland. In Morocco, she lived in a tent for three years. In 2002, she moved to St. Petersburg, where she taught the Masterclass of Photography at the Art Academy.

Hecke was first recognised for her black-and-white photography of theatrical scenes and portraits. In the beginning of the 1970s, she switched to photojournalism and colour photography. Her unstaged photographs explore strange and yet often simple worlds and situations. She is a precise, unprejudiced and sensitive observer. Some of her photo-cycles deal with people living on the edge of society: transvestites, homeless people and prostitutes. Her photos are respectful and do not rob her subjects of their dignity.

Her work was published by numerous renowned German magazines like Stern, Vogue, Twen, Playboy, Theater heute, Die Zeit, Spiegel, and others.