Maria Penz

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Maria Penz (* 1897 in Munich ; † 1983 there ) was a German photographer .


Maria Penz was the daughter of a precision mechanic. After completing primary school, she became a housekeeper and also completed an apprenticeship as a tailor, but then changed her job for health reasons and lack of enjoyment in her previous job and completed an apprenticeship as a press photographer. In 1938 she passed the photo reporter examination. It documented everyday life in Munich and Dachau during and after the Second World War . During the Third Reich she often photographed National Socialist events, marches and state visits, later often refugee meetings, memorial and charity events. For many years she documented the annual Corpus Christi procession with Cardinal Michael Faulhaber in Munich . Penz was bombed out in Munich during World War II and afterwards lived in 1945 in the vicarage of St. Jakob in Dachau. From there she visited Karl Leisner in Planegg on July 15, 1945 and portrayed him there. Later she was based in Wagmüllerstrasse 21 / V in Munich. In 1971 she portrayed Oskar Kokoschka and his wife in front of the self-portrait with Mrs. OLDA .

Maria Penz, who belonged to the Bavarian Journalists' Association, was active as a photographer until 1980.

The photographer's archive is in the Munich City Archives .


Individual evidence

  1. a b c House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany (ed.): Women objective. Photographers 1940 to 1950 , Bonn 2001, ISBN 3-87909-752-6 and ISBN 3-87909-754-2 , p. 138
  2. ^ Photograph from 1936 at
  3. ^ Hans-Karl Seeger: Karl Leisner. LIT Verlag Münster, 2004, ISBN 978-3-825-87277-9 , p. 201 ( limited preview in Google book search)
  4. Photo on