From the Series: Photographers, Friendships, and the Unique Gruber Collection
In 1977 the L. Fritz and Renate Gruber Collection laid the foundation for the photography collection at the Museum Ludwig. Icons of photographic history from Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, or August Sander offer a panorama of twentieth-century photography. Yet the Gruber Collection is not only unique due to the photographs themselves, but also in light of its genesis. The collection took shape as a result of the collectors’ longtime friendships with the photographers. On the occasion of her eightieth birthday in July 2016, Renate Gruber shares her very personal memories of twenty photographers who are now among the most famous of the twentieth century in our series "Photographers, Friendships, and the Unique Gruber Collection."
Carl-Heinz Hargesheimer (Alias: Chargesheimer) (b. 19 May 1924 in Cologne; † 31 December 1971 or 1 January 1972 in Cologne) is probably the most famous chronicler of the City of Cologne. Besides portraits of its residents, he documented the reconstruction of the city in the post war years, the daily life in the city and in industrial areas like the "Ruhrgebiet"