Hajo Rose

1930–1933 Bauhaus student

Self-portrait with Bauhaus in the background, Photo: Hajo Rose, 1930.
Self-portrait with Bauhaus in the background, Photo: Hajo Rose, 1930. © Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020.
  • Born on 16.7.1910 in Mannheim, Grand Duchy of Baden (German Reich) | today Germany
  • Died on 10.9.1989 in Leipzig, GDR | today Deutschland

  • Birth Name Hans-Joachim Rose

  • Married to Katja Rose (∞1936–1952)
    Isolde Rose, geb. Karg (∞1952)

Hans-Joachim Rose studied at the School of Applied Arts in Königsberg during the period from 1929 to 1930. Directly afterwards, he went to the Bauhaus in Dessau and Berlin for three years. This is where he first completed the preliminary course with Josef Albers and attended classes taught by Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Joost Schmidt in the summer semester of 1930. Starting in the subsequent winter semester, he spent two years – until mid-1932 – studying in the workshop for advertising, typography and print with Joost Schmidt. He simultaneously took courses in the photography department with Walter Peterhans, where he also continued to study after the Bauhaus moved. On 1 April 1933, he was awarded the Bauhaus Diploma No. 112 of the advertising workshop.
After the Bauhaus was closed, he initially assisted László Moholy-Nagy in the latter’s Berlin studio before he went to the private Nieuwe Kunstschool in Amsterdam – which was headed by the former Bauhäusler Paul Citroen – until 1940. Rose became a lecturer for advertising graphic, typography and photography there. At the same time, he operated his own advertising office and was its photographer, exhibition designer and set designer until 1941. He also worked as a film architect on a Rembrandt movie. In 1942, he was conscripted for military service and did not return to Germany from imprisonment until 1948. He succeeded in his re-entry and worked as a lecturer for commercial graphic design and typeface at the Academy for Fine Arts in Dresden between 1949 and 1953. He subsequently switched to the Technical College for Applied Art in Leipzig and worked freelance for the industry of the GDR.

  1. Literature:
  2. · Jeannine Fiedler (1990): Fotografie am Bauhaus, Berlin.
    · Lutz Schöbe (2004): Bauhaus. Fotografie aus der Sammlung der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Florenz.
    · Ulrike Staroste (2010): Hajo Rose. Bauhaus Foto Typo, Berlin.
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