Walter Peterhans

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Walter Peterhans around 1936 on a photograph by Genja Jonas

Walter Peterhans (born June 12, 1897 in Frankfurt am Main ; † April 12, 1960 in Stetten near Stuttgart ) was a German photographer .


Peterhans studied at the TH Munich until 1921 . From 1921 to 1923 he studied mathematics , philosophy and art history at the University of Göttingen . He studied painting and photography in 1925/26 at the Academy of Graphic Arts in Leipzig. In 1926 Peterhans took his master's degree as a photographer in Weimar.

From 1927 he had his own photographic studio in Berlin. He processed orders for industry and gave private lessons. In 1928 he became a member of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Lichtbildner. He took part in the Pressa exhibition in Cologne. In 1929 there was a single presentation at the Werkbund exhibition film and photo.

In the years from 1929 to 1933 Peterhans built the photography workshop at the Bauhaus in Dessau. Among his students there were Ellen Auerbach , Hannes Neuner , Ricarda Schwerin , Grete Stern and Elsa Thiemann . After the handover of power to the National Socialists and the closure of the Bauhaus, he became a teacher at Werner Graeff's Berlin Photo School until it was dissolved in April 1934. From 1935 to 1937 he was a teacher of photography and basic artistic teaching at the Reimann School in Berlin under Hugo Haring . Eventually Peterhans emigrated to the USA in 1938.

From 1939 to 1960 Peterhans held a professorship at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago .

The Museum Folkwang holds the copyright for the Walter Peterhans collection .


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Walter Peterhans collection in the Folkwang Museum