|1882 ||Born on September 26th in Unna (Westphalia). |
|1901-03 ||Studies as an engineer at the School for Mechanical Engineering in Hagen. |
First experiments with photography using a self-constructed “Laterna Magica.”
|1904 || |
Transfers to the Technical University, Berlin.
Sculpture classes at the Technical University and the Academy of Art, Berlin.
Makes regular visits to the Zoological Garden to sketch animals.
|1914-18 ||Constructs planes for Zeppelin-Bau AG in Staaken (Brandenburg). |
|Studies with animal sculptor August Gaul (1869-1921) at the Academy of Arts. |
German sculptor Ernst Barlach (1870-1938) becomes his artistic role model.
|1922-29 ||Works as a freelance sculptor in Berlin. |
Takes photographs of animals at the zoo to use as studies for sculptures.
Photographs everyday life in Berlin.
|1930-33 ||Stops working as a sculptor and begins career as a freelance photojournalist at |
Ullstein-AG, then Europe’s largest publisher of newspapers and magazines.
|1934-45 ||Works for private photo agencies after Ullstein-AG is closed down by the Nazis. |
Does traveling reports on nature, daily life, and rural labor in Brandenburg,
Pomerania, and East Prussia.
|1945-49 ||Bombs destroy part of his personal archive at Kaiserplatz 16 in Berlin-Wilmersdorf. |
Working without a contract, takes hundreds of pictures of the destroyed city of
Berlin – his last significant project as a photographer.
|1950-60 ||Withdraws from public life and takes only a few private photos of nudes in color. |
|1962 ||His 80th birthday is the occasion for the first retrospective of his work, |
which is held in the Wilmersdorf town hall in Berlin.
|1966 ||Dies of a stroke on December 26th in Berlin and is buried in his hometown. |