photo from 'Aimless Walk'

Aimless Walk (1930) Alexander Hammid in M.Kudlacek's film (NY 1997) Maya Deren in Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

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Alexander Hammid - biographical notes

  • 1907 - born December 17 in Linz, Austria
  • 1919 - high school, first attempts to make photographs, format 6x9
  • 1922 - began to make photographs on format 9x12
  • 1927 - enrolled to Czech Institute of Technology, his major being architecture, he attended the lectures of History of Arts at the Charles University
  • 1928 - artistic advisor on film Erotikon by Gustav Machatý
  • 1929 - began to publish columns on film in Pestrý týden, Národní osvobození and Fotografický obzor magazines
  • visited Film und Fotografie exhibition in Stuttgart
  • 1930 - organized Týden avantgardního filmu (Avant-garde Film Week) in Prague Kotva Cinema, showing works of the worlds avant-garde film makers.
  • organized an exhibition in Aventinská mansarda called New Photography including his own works, and the works of Ladislav Berka, Jiří Lehovec, Josef Sudek, Eugen Viąkovský and others
  • made his first film Aimless Walk
  • 1931 - organizes second photography exhibition in Aventinská mansarda
  • organized another two avant-garde Film Weeks in kino Kotva
  • first profesional works as editor
  • 1932 - made his second film Na Praľském hradě (Prague Castle)
  • edited the film Zem spieva (The Earth Sings) photographed by Karel Plicka
  • 1934 - made three promotional films about Bohemian spas
  • co-operates as a director of photography on Otakar Vávra's film Listopad (November)
  • 1935 - starts working for promotion department of Ba»a shoe factory in Zlín
  • 1936 - journey to the U.S.A., made series of photographs
  • 1937 - co-operates on Ba»a's film advertisment Silnice zpívá (The Road Singing)
  • accompanies Jan Ba»a on his trip to India, three documentary films are shot during the journey - Chudí lidé (Poor People), Řeka ľivota (River of Life and Death) a Vzpomínka na ráj (Memories of Paradise).
  • 1938 - based on an invitation of Herbert Kline, co-operates on making the film Krize (Crisis)
  • 1939 - trip to Paris
  • made a film Světla zhasínají v Evropě (Lights Out in Europe) with Herbert Kline
  • in the end of 1939 emigrates to the U.S.A.
  • 1940 - made another film with Herbert Kline, Zapomenutá vesnice (Forgott Village)
  • 1942 - met Maya Deren
  • in August married Maya Deren
  • 1943 - made film Meshes of the Afternoon
  • moved to New York and began his work as a film director for Office of War information (OWI)
  • 1945 - made the film The Privat Life of The Cat together with Maya Deren
  • 1946 - changed his name to Hammid
  • 1947 - divorced Maya Deren
  • 1948 - married to Hella Heyman
  • 1951 - made a short fiction film Gentleman in Room No.8
  • 1952 - began to work as a director for the film department of The United Nations
  • 1963 - began his co-operation with Francis Thompson, together with him made a film To Be Alive
  • 1966-1986 - as a film editor co-operates on several films made with the IMAX system and on several multi-screen films
  • 1986 - travels back to Czechoslovakia
  • 1996 - Martina Kudlacek makes a film about Hackenschmied called Bezúčelná procházka - Alexandr Hammid
  • 2004 - July 26 died in New York

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