Château Cramirat Collection

Philosopher Martin Heidegger / Rare prints / Château Cramirat Collection

We are massive fans of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger and are honored to present a sample of two huge series of rare photographs from our collection, taken and printed by the leading German photographer Digne Meller Markovitz, capturing this great thinker.

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was a groundbreaking German philosopher whose innovations in existential phenomenology, ontology, and metaphysics impacted philosophy, and by extension every other field of humanistic thought. His seminal work, Being and Time (Sein und Zeit) is considered one of the most influential texts of the 20th century.

In 1966, Heidegger agreed to a very rare interview with the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, inviting the journalists into his home in Freiburg and his country hut in Todtnauberg in the Black Forest. He discussed topics and shared thoughts that shed new light on his personality and entire philosophical experience. Experts often reference this ‘1966 Spiegel Interview’ as Heidegger’s last will and testament.

Heidegger agreed to this interview, on the condition that it would never be published during his lifetime. This monumental event was documented by photographer Digne Meller Marcovicz, a key figure in German culture who was invited again in 1968 to meet Heidegger and his wife in their home and hut. Her visual chronicle of these meetings culminated in more than 130 black and white photos that offer an intimate gaze into Heidegger’s life, reflecting the exceptional persona of this prodigious philosopher.

The interview appeared in the paper a decade later, in 1976, less than a week after Heidegger’s death. Many of these images have never been seen before. Some were published by Marcovicz in a book, now out of print, but before she passed away, she gave the original prints that she made to a friend who exhibited several of them in 2014. Last year, we were fortunate to get a hold of these two rare series, the only original copies ever made.

The Château Cramirat Collection, by philosopher Anna Ravitzki and designer Dan Alexander, is a treasure trove of art and design housed in a 12th-century Templar landmark in the Valley of Mankind, Périgord, France.

Meller-Marcovicz, Digne (photographer). Rudolf Augstein and Martin Heidegger. Todtnauberg, 1966.

Meller-Marcovicz, Digne (photographer). Martin Heidegger in his hut. Todtnauberg, 1968.

Meller-Marcovicz, Digne (photographer). Martin and Elfride Heidegger. Todtnauberg, 1968.

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