fritz henle

eginning a career that spanned six decades in Germany in 1928, Fritz Henle traveled through the Mediterranean, India, China, and Japan in the pre-war 1930s, documenting those travels with his trusted Rolleiflex, before emigrating to the US in 1936. Passionately involved with the relatively new medium of photography, Henle was at once a successful freelance photojournalist, working for Life beginning in 1937; a top fashion photographer in New York during the 40s and early 50s; a portrait photographer sought after by notables of the time; a well traveled documentarist whose work took him to Asia in the pre-war 30s, later to Mexico, Paris, throughout the USA, and to the Caribbean in the late 40s, where he traveled the islands before making his home on St. Croix in 1958.

irelessly prolific, Henle published nineteen books of his work, from his first Japan in 1936, to Casals in 1975. His photographs were published over the decades in countless magazines; among them cover stories for Life, fashion editorials shot for Harperšs Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Town & Country and others, features in photography periodicals, illustrations in the Travel section of the Sunday New York Times. Numerous one person exhibitions of his photographs, beginning with This is Japan in Tokyo in 1936, helped to establish him as a creative visionary with an exceptional technique, a keen sense of striking composition, and a determination to capture the beauty in life. Arguably one of the best known photographers in America by the mid 1950s, Fritz Henle, who died in 1993, has been described by the late photo historian Helmut Gernsheim as ŗthe last of the great classical photographers.

xhibits of photographs from Fritz Henlešs long and varied career are a popular event at Maria Henle Studio. Books, catalogs, films, as well as vintage and signed prints of his work, are available through the Maria Henle Studio.

 

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
"Frida and Fulang Chang", 1943

view the series

 

"Pablo Casals" Puerto Rico, 1972
"Pablo Casals" Puerto Rico, 1972

"The Boy with the Apple" Japan, 1936
"The Boy with the Apple" Japan, 1936


"The Woman and the God" Paris, 1938
"The Woman and the God" Paris, 1938

"Nieves:Model of Diego Riviera" Mexico, 1941
"Nieves:Model of Diego Riviera" Mexico, 1941

 

"Nieves" Mexico, 1947
"Nieves" Mexico, 1947
"Trading Schooner" St. Croix, 1950
"Trading Schooner" St. Croix, 1950
"Hurricane" Tobago, 1960
"Hurricane" Tobago, 1960

All photographs Copyright © 2004 fritzhenle.com
All rights reserved. No works may be reproduced without prior written consent of the Fritz Henle Estate.

Website Design & Maintanance by Web-tactics