Franz Koch (cameraman)

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Franz Paul Koch (born September 1, 1898 in Munich ; † April 28, 1959 there ) was a German cameraman .


Koch came to the production company of the Munich film pioneer Peter Ostermayr in 1913 , where he learned his craft as a cameraman over the next few years. In 1920 he made his first film as head cameraman at Emelka . In addition to Emelka and its successor Bavaria Film , Koch also worked for other Munich film companies, often working with local directors Franz Osten and Franz Seitz .

He photographed Ganghofer adaptations, film dramas and film comedies in large numbers, but was also involved in the propaganda film S.A. Mann Brand and Leni Riefenstahl participated in the Triumph of Will . From 1937 to 1941 he was the cameraman in all films with Hans Albers as the leading actor, after which he worked mainly with Hans Schweikart until the end of the war .

After the refugee film Lang ist der Weg (1948) about Jewish survivors of the Holocaust , Koch was again behind the camera in the 1950s, mainly in Ganghofer adaptations, homeland films and comedies. He also worked for the newsreel .

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