Photography

Henle, Fritz (1909 - 1993)

In 1936, Fritz Henle moved from Germany to the United States where he became one of the earliest contributors of Life magazine and Time magazine. Versatile, the German photographer created diverse images, all fueled by a strong aim to reveal true meanings and the essence of things and people, always privileging large square-formats that he considered delivered the brightest and clearest screens for composition and creativity. Instead of taking numerous pictures, Fritz Henle privileged time to observe his subjects before finally capturing them in detail just as he did with Frida Kahlo: ‘One thing an artist can do in this world is to remind people that there is so much beauty that you only have to see it.’ In 1938, he spent two weeks in Paris where he depicted various sceneries such as women chatting on a bench or another woman resting on a chair under a statue. When he returned to New York, his work was refused by Time’s editor and the negatives were locked away for years. In 1944, he got a call from Hélène Lazareff who was then working for the New York Times and was looking for photos of Paris as Charles De Gaulle was about to liberate the city. When he presented his 1938 images, the editor broke into tears before the beauty and truth of her homeland: the following Sunday, they were presented in a 4 page spread.
 

Fritz Henle, Frida Kahlo in Xochimilco, Mexico, 1937
Fritz Henle, Frida Kahlo in Xochimilco, Mexico, 1937
Fritz Henle, Composition #17, 1947
Fritz Henle, Composition #17, 1947
Fritz Henle, Costume of Puebla, 1943
Fritz Henle, Costume of Puebla, 1943
Fritz Henle, Frida in her Garden, 1943
Fritz Henle, Frida in her Garden, 1943
Fritz Henle, Frida Kahlo and Deer
Fritz Henle, Frida Kahlo and Deer
Fritz Henle, Frida outside Church, 1936
Fritz Henle, Frida outside Church, 1936
Fritz Henle, Frida in her Studio, 1943
Fritz Henle, Frida in her Studio, 1943
Fritz Henle, Nieves, 1943
Fritz Henle, Nieves, 1943
Fritz Henle, Nieves, Model of Diego Rivera, Cuernavaca, 1943
Fritz Henle, Nieves, Model of Diego Rivera, Cuernavaca, 1943
Fritz Henle, Nude Studies, 1950
Fritz Henle, Nude Studies, 1950
Fritz Henle, Self-portrait, 1938
Fritz Henle, Self-portrait, 1938
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