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date: 13 December 2019

Henle, Fritzlocked

(b Dortmund, June 9, 1909; d Puerto Rico, Jan 31, 1993).
  • Reinhold Misselbeck

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(b Dortmund, June 9, 1909; d Puerto Rico, Jan 31, 1993).

American photographer of German birth. He began taking photographs at the age of 15, before studying physics. He first published a photograph, of a Dortmund blast-furnace, as early as 1929. He studied photography in 1930–31 at the Bayrische Staatslehranstalt für Lichtbildwesen, Munich. After this he stayed in Italy, where he was commissioned to photograph Renaissance works of art, and he travelled extensively in Italy for Lloyd Tours. After travelling in China and Japan he made contacts with Life magazine and emigrated to the USA, where he worked as a freelance press photographer for such magazines as Fortune, Life and Harper’s Bazaar. He consistently used a Rolleiflex camera and photographed American subjects. He gave up his studio in New York in 1958 and moved to St Croix, Virgin Islands. He continually emphasized the positive side of life in his work; in the Virgin Islands he found that original beauty whose portrayal he saw as his particular task. His archive is largely at the University of Texas, Austin....

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