Hermann Brösel

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Hermann Wilhelm Brösel (born August 12, 1902 in Magdeburg - Sudenburg , † 1984 ) was a German photographer and paint manufacturer.


Brösel became interested in photography at an early age and began taking his first pictures as a ten-year-old from 1912. He completed an apprenticeship as a chemist , which also included training as a photo laboratory technician, and then founded a paint factory in Magdeburg with the businessman J. Gustav Metzler .

He gained importance as a photographer. He had set up his own photo laboratory in which he developed his own photos. In the decades of his work, a large number of recordings were made, particularly from the Magdeburg region. In the 1920s and 1930s there were black and white pictures of the city of Magdeburg and its residents. Of particular importance were the color photographs of the city of Magdeburg made by him between 1959 and 1970, with which he documented the redevelopment of the city in line with socialist urban planning.

He left around 15,000 labeled slides and extensive diary entries .


  • Sabine Ullrich, Conrad Engelhardt, editors: Kultur- und Heimatverein Magdeburg eV, Magdeburg in color photographs from the 1960s , Ost-Nordost Verlag Magdeburg 2015, ISBN 978-3-938247-12-9 , p. 9.

Individual evidence

  1. Birth register of StA Magdeburg-Sudenburg, No. 637/1902.