Photo house Preim

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Photo house Preim
legal form GmbH
founding 1882
Seat Aachen
management Marc Lorenz

Opening announcement Fotohaus Preim Aachen 1882
Jean Preim

The photographic studio founded in 1882, today's Fotohaus Preim GmbH (formerly Jean Preim or Photo Preim ) is today one of the oldest still existing photo shops in Germany .


On November 20, 1882, Jean Preim founded Foto Preim , a photographic studio. The first address of the shop was at Da (h) mengraben 20 in Aachen . The advertisement for the new opening shows that Jean Preim's offer included not only photographic portraits in all sizes and snapshots but also chalk and pastel drawings as well as copies of paintings and photographs, and that he assured "prompt and real service" . From this period there are still some carte de visites and cabinet cardsreceived, some of which were marked by artistically decorated advertisements on the back. An early portrait made by Edouard Mussche's photo studio Jean Preim is now in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam .

In 1905, Jean Preim moved his business, which “ enjoyed great popularity ”, to Komphausbadstrasse 23 in downtown Aachen in the colonnades of the old spa building . In 1920, Wilhelm Preim took over his father's business, which he had converted in 1932 and expanded to include a laboratory and a photo shop . At the end of the 1920s, Jean Preim Sohn's studio worked with Rudolf Schwarz and photographed modern architecture in Aachen with Albert Renger-Patzsch . The portrait collection of the Deutsches Museum in Munich has a picture of Paul Wilski that was made in 1934 in the Wilhelm Preim studio.

Like much of the Aachen city center, Foto Preim's business premises were almost completely destroyed by bombing during World War II. The shop and the photo studio temporarily moved to the Nuellens house on Aachen's Elisenbrunnen , but the construction of the laboratory began on Komphausbadstrasse during the war. Shortly before the end of the construction work, the shop was completely destroyed by another bomb attack. For this reason, Foto Preim had to move its business premises one more time during the war, this time to the Geka house on Adalbertstrasse. During another move in 1948, Wilhelm Preim moved his business to the Appelrath house at Aachen Cathedral . In May 1949 another move followed to Ursulinerstraße 7-9, a house next to today's business premises. The German Mining Museum in Bochum has several portraits of engineers from Aachen from this early period of reconstruction .

The construction of the new office building at Ursulinerstraße 3–5 began in January 1957 and on May 16, 1958, the Photo House Preim was opened in its new business premises for the company's 75th anniversary . As part of the change of name from Foto Preim to Fotohaus Preim GmbH in 1977, Wilhelm Preim also handed over management to Günther Schimmack and Horst Flägel. The company's 100th anniversary was celebrated in 1982. Less good years followed, until the Lorenz family took over Fotohaus Preim GmbH in 1998 and thus saved the traditional Aachen store from closing. Marc Lorenz, who had previously worked in the family photo business, took over the management of the Photo House Preim after completing his studies in 2003 and five years later celebrated the 125th anniversary of Photo Preim. On the occasion of the 130th anniversary, the business premises were modernized again at the end of 2012.

On April 27th and 28th, 2013, the company celebrated its 130th anniversary with the Aachen Photo Festival at Eurogress Aachen . Every year Foto Preim organizes the photo competition Blende together with the Aachener Zeitung .

Company premises

Early company work: Carte de Visite and advertising


Dieter Detiège, Ludwina Forst, Béatrice Austria: Business times. Shopping in Aachen and Burtscheid 1900–1939 . THOUET Verlag, Aachen 2011, ISBN 978-3-930594-37-5

Web links

Commons : Fotohaus Preim  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. Aachen: - Aachen records. In: Retrieved February 18, 2016 .
  3. -Lexicon of Photographers (details about photographer Jean Preim) , accessed on February 21, 2016
  4. From Aachen's photo history. In: Retrieved February 18, 2016 .
  5. ^ Portret van Edouard Mussche. In: Retrieved February 18, 2016 .
  6. ^ Wilhelm Knapp: 25 years of Jean Preim's photographic studio . In: Photographischer Verein zu Berlin (Ed.): Photographische Chronik . tape 14 . Berlin 1907, p. 585 .
  7. ^ Rudolf Stegers: Rooms of Change, Walls and Paths: Studies on the Work of Rudolf Schwarz . In: Bauwelt Foundations . tape 114 . Birkhäuser, Basel 2000, ISBN 978-3-0356-0253-1 , p. 39 ff .
  8. ^ Deutsches Museum, Munich, archive: Wilski, Paul. In: Retrieved February 19, 2016 .
  9. project DigiPortA the Leibniz Association: Digital Portrait archive search result. In: Retrieved February 19, 2016 .
  10. tradition- - Ranking list of traditional German companies (PDF), accessed on February 21, 2016
  11. ^ Chronicle of the City of Aachen 2007. City of Aachen, accessed on February 18, 2016 .
  12. zva: Animal, old, gloomy: show your photo treasures! In: Aachener Zeitung. Retrieved February 18, 2016 .

Coordinates: 50 ° 46 ′ 28.8 ″  N , 6 ° 5 ′ 7 ″  E