“There are a lot of things that got me into working with photos. The main thing is that I saw both what was being said and not being said with photos in the newspapers … I found out how you can fool people with photos, really fool them … You can lie and tell the truth by putting the wrong title or wrong captions under them, and that’s roughly what was being done …”
In 1908, Helmut Herzfeld (John Heartfield) studies at Königliche-Bayerische Kunstgewerbeschule (Royal Bavarian Arts & Crafts School), Munich.
His early influences are commercial designers Albert Weisgerber and Ludwig Hohlwein.
He begins to understand the nature of photographic propaganda. How the character of a person in a photograph can be manipulated simply by catching them in a certain expression or adding a caption.