The Humane Camera
Heinrich Böll and Photography
On the centenary of Heinrich Böll’s birth, the Museum Ludwig will examine Boll’s relationship to photography. The museum’s collection includes numerous works that either show Böll or with which he was familiar. His texts appeared in photography books, and he himself was also a sought-after subject for photographers. During his lifetime, two volumes of portraits of him photographed by Heinz Held, among others, were published. In 1964 he wrote the text “The Humane Camera,” in which he formulates a “morality of photography."