Chasing After Heinrich Böll: Portraits

Heinrich Böll was an author often sought after by photographers as their subjects, their interest for the writer mostly stemming from their shared love for humanity. Behold some introspective portraits of the revered German writer from the post-war era as captured by numerous photographers.

On the centenary of Böll's birth, an examination of his life as a literary figure and his relationship to photography is to come soon.

Heinz Held, Heinrich Böll am Schreibtisch, 1971. © Museum Ludwig, Köln. Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln; Siedlung Huckingen, Duisburg 1957, aus Im Ruhrgebiet, 1958. © Museum Ludwig, Köln. Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln; Heinz Held, Heinrich Böll in Langenbroich, im Hintergrund eine Aufnahme von Rosa Luxemburg, 1972. © Museum Ludwig, Köln. Foto: Heinrich Guttmann

Böll was Germany's foremost post-WWII writer, having won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972. As such an esteemed author, he was befriended by other creatives, most especially photographers. One that comes to mind is photographer Heinz Held, whom he allowed to capture his private life. Böll was often camera-shy, Held would find out.

He also wrote an essay entitled "The Humane Camera" for the World Exhibition of Photography, where he formulated the morality of photography:

“When taking technically perfect photographs is accessible to everyone, Orwell’s Big Brother is almost omnipresent. … The purpose of this exhibition could be to spur people to reflect on taking photographs."

The Humane Camera: Heinrich Böll and Photography at the Museen Ludwig in Cologne, September 1. The show will run through January 7, 2018.

Chargesheimer, Mädchen mit Roller, aus Unter Krahnenbäumen, 1958. © Museum Ludwig, Köln. Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln; Heinz Held, Heinrich Böll mit Manuskript, 1971. © Museum Ludwig, Köln. Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln; Heinrich Böll, um 1959. © Museum Ludwig, Köln. Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

Images are from the press kit.

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