Perry Kretz

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Perry Kretz (*  1933 in Cologne ; † before or on December 11, 2020 in Hamburg ) was a German-American photographer and war journalist who became known for his reports on wars and conflicts. He reported on the Vietnam War for Stern magazine and was the oldest accredited journalist in the Iraq war . Kretz has been awarded a World Press Photo prize twice.


Perry Kretz emigrated to the USA in 1950 after an apprenticeship as a typesetter . Here he attended Hunter College and studied journalism at New York University . After graduating, Kretz took on American citizenship , enlisted in the United States Army and fought as a soldier in the Korean War . In New York , Kretz worked for the New York Post and the British news agency Keystone.

From 1969, Kretz worked for the Hamburg magazine Stern , mainly in crisis and war regions. He published reports on wars and civil wars in Africa, South America and Asia. During the Vietnam War , he conducted interviews with victims from the civilian population. He was one of the first journalists to interview Kim Phuc . He reported extensively on the Nicaraguan Revolution , the genocide in Rwanda , the Bosnian War , the El Mozote massacre and the Liberian Civil War .

His reports on New York Street Gangs and Swimming Pool by President Mobutu were each awarded a 3rd prize by the World Press Photo Foundation.


  • The little bandits from Bogota Hannibal-Verlag, Salzburg 1978.
  • Barefoot to Victory - Nicaragua Hannibal-Verlag, Salzburg 1980.
  • Open your eyes and through !: My life as a photo reporter Hoffmann and Campe , Hamburg 2009; ISBN 3455501036 .

Individual evidence

  1. His weapon was the camera - for the death of star photographer Perry Kretz. Retrieved December 15, 2020 .

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