Karl Hugo Schmölz

Südfassade des Museums Ludwig in Köln

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Karl Hugo Schmölz

Südfassade des Museums Ludwig in Köln

700€  *
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  • Black and white photography. Gelatine silver print on photo paper

  • 1985

  • 19,5 x 24 cm

  • 1917 – 1986

  • Backside signed and dedicated

  • After the war, Karl Hugo Schmölz documented the distruction in Cologne. He was the son of the famous photographer Hugo Schmölz.


Karl Hugo Schmölz (*1917 in Weissenhorn, +1986 in Lahnstein) was a German photographer based in Cologne. With architecture being his main subject, Schmölz became a chronicler of the city's rebuilding following World War II. His father, German photographer Hugo Schmölz, first encouraged him to explore photography. In his early 30s, Karl Hugo took pictures of modernist buildings by renowned architects such as Bruno Paul, Dominikus Böhm or Wilhelm Riphahn. He also studied photography in Stuttgart, attending classes by Artur Ohler and Willi Moegle. His and his father's body of work are nearly indistinguishable due to their close artistic cooperation and constant exchange. In 1958, Schmölz and his wife, fashion and portrait photographer Walde Huth, opened the studio “Schmölz+Huth”. The studio was open until Karl's death in 1986. His works are featured in numerous exhibitions, publications and collections. In 2015, photographs of Karl Hugo and Hugo Schmölz will be on view at the exhibition "Architekturphotographie der 1920er und 1930er Jahre in Köln" at the Stiftung Kultur in Cologne (September 2015-January 2016).

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