Wolf Strache, Seaplane for the Future, circa 1930
Wolf Strache, Seaplane for the Future, circa 1930

Wolf Strache

Future Naval Pilots, circa 1930

Dr. Wolf Strache was born in Greifswald in 1910 and lived in Stuttgart until his death in 2001.
In 1934 he completed a study of economics in Munich. Subsequently, he worked as a freelance photo journalist in Berlin for magazines like “Die neue Linie”; as from 1936, he also published illustrated volumes about Germany’s landscapes. He taught himself photography. From 1932 to 1942 he worked in the photographic archives and picture service of the Reich’s Foreign Office. Afterwards, as a war reporter, he heroized the German air force in his photographs – complying with the spirit of Nazi propaganda entirely. He produced his most famous shot of a woman wearing a gas mask pushing a pram through a landscape of ruins in the destroyed city of Berlin. After the war, he began to work in Stuttgart as a freelance photo journalist. As from 1951 he published the series “Die schönen Bücher” about landscapes, art and nature, and he also brought out the year book “Das Deutsche Lichtbild” from 1955 to 1975. He was presented with the Cultural Award of the DGPh (Deutsche Gesellschaft der Photographie) in 1979.

Wolf Strache
Future Naval Pilots, circa 1930
Gelatine silver print
Acquired using budgetary funds of the Berlinische Galerie, 1981

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© Reproduction: Kai-Annett Becker

 
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