Heinz Emigholz was born in 1948 in Achim near Bremen. He first trained as a draftsman and then studied in Hamburg.
Since 1973 he has been working in Germany and the USA as freelance filmmaker, visual artist, cameraman, actor, author, publicist and producer. Many exhibitions, retrospectives, lectures and publications. 1974 Start of the encyclopedic drawing series The Basis of Make-Up. 1978 he founded the production company Pym Films. 1984 Start of the film series Photography and beyond. Since 1993 he holds the chair for Experimental Film Design at the Berlin University of the Arts. Publications a.o.: Krieg der Augen, Kreuz der Sinne, Since Freud said that the artist cures his neurosis himself, artists cure their neurosis themselves, Normalsatz - Seventeen Films and Das schwarze Schamquadrat (all four books published by Martin Schmitz), Die Basis des Make-Up (I) and (II) ,Der Begnadete Meier and Kleine Enzyklopädie der Photographie (in Die Republik No. 68-71, 76-78, 89-91, 94-97).
- 1972 - 73: Schenec-Tady I (16 mm, b/w, 27 min)
- 1973: Schenec-Tady II (16 mm, colour, 19 min)
- 1973 - 74: Arrowplane (16 mm, colour, 23 min)
- 1974: Tide (16 mm, b/w, 34 min)
- 1972 - 75: Schenec-Tady III (16 mm, b/w, 20 min)
- 1975 - 76: Hotel (16 mm, s/w, 27 min) - Forum 1976
- 1976 - 77: Demon - Die Übersetzung von Stéphane Mallarmés "Le Demon de l´Analogie" (16 mm, colour, 30 min)
- 1978 - 81: Normalsatz (16 mm, colour, 105 min)
- 1974 - 83: The Basis of Make-Up I (35 mm, colour, 20 min)
- 1979 - 85: Die Basis des Make-Up (16 mm, colour, 84 min)
- 1974 - 87: Die Wiese der Sachen (16 mm, colour, 88 min)
- 1986 - 90: Der Zynische Körper (35 mm, colour, 89 min)
- 1993 2000: Sullivans Banken (35 mm, colour, 38 Minuten)
- 1983 - 2000: The Basis of Make-Up II (35 mm, colour, 48 min)
- 1995 - 2000: Maillarts Brücken (35 mm, colour, 24 min)
- 1988 - 2001: Miscellanea I (35mm, b/w, 20 min)
- 1988 - 2001: Miscellanea II (35 mm, colour, 19 min)
- 2000 - 2003: Goff in der Wueste (35mm, colour)
Sixteen of the films were shown or premiered at the Berlin Film Festival between 1974 and 2003, three at the Short Film Festival in Oberhausen. Many films or retrospectives have also been screened at other international festivals (including Brussels, Cannes, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Lucerne, New York, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Turin, Vienna) and in many domestic and foreign cinemas and museums (including the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Kunstmuseum in Bern). All films can be borrowed from public rental agencies. Twelve films are distributed by Filmgalerie 451.