From the Se­ries: Pho­to­g­ra­phers, Friend­ships, and the Unique Gru­ber Col­lec­tion

Re­nate Gru­ber re­mem­bers:
#03 Chargesheimer


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"