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Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty

Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty
 
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Praised as 'the last classic freelance photographer' by photohistorian Helmut Gernsheim, Fritz Henle (1909-1993) was one of the greatest photographers of the mid-twentieth century.

Unlike most of his peers who specialized in a particular genre or style of photography, Henle ranged widely and successfully across many genres, including documentary, travel, fashion, commercial, portrait, celebrity, avant-garde, nude, industrial, landscape, and inspirational, to name only a few.

He championed the square format photography of the Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera, becoming known later in life as 'Mr. Rollei.'

Beyond his mastery of the craft, however, Henle was driven by a lifelong urge 'to show people beauty.' 'I am obsessed,' he said, 'by showing them beauty.'

This volume is the catalog of a major retrospective exhibition of the life and career of Fritz Henle presented by the Harry Ransom Center in 2009. It covers the entire range of Henle's work, including significant items from the photographer's archive and family.

The catalog reproduces 127 of Henle's black-and-white and color photographs. Curator Roy Flukinger's text covers the full arc of Henle's career, from his early training in Germany to his pre-war travels and photography in the Mediterranean, India, China, and Japan; his freelance work for LIFE magazine; his fashion editorials for Harper's Bazaar, Mademoiselle, and Town and Country; and his later photography of Mexico, Hawaii, Europe, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.