“Though Paul Wolff formally studied medicine and became a physician, the French government that controlled Strasbourg after World War I restricted him from practicing. As a result, he turned to photography, an interest that had begun in his teenage years. Wolff had published his first portfolio, which contained romantic views of his hometown, in 1914. After the war he first worked as a camera operator, then as a free-lance photographer. In 1924 he co-founded the successful firm Wolff & Tritchler with his partner Alfred Tritchler.

Wolff won a Leica camera at the Frankfurt Photography Exhibition, which he then used to illustrate several books he wrote to popularize techniques using the small-format instrument. Not one to limit his subject matter, Wolff made portraits, landscapes, and still lifes”

“He continued to photograph and to publish books on his use of the Leica camera until his death.”

 

J.Paul Getty Museum archive  on the German, photographer, writer, publisher, physician Dr. Paul Wolff — a seminal adopter and advocate of the revolutionary Leica camera.  source


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The Story Behind That Picture: “Dr. Paul Wolff and the Leica”

Dr. Paul Wolff
Dr. Paul Wolff (1887-1951) was a prominent German photographer and one of the first to adopt the Leica. Whilst many of his photographs are published, a great deal of his archive burned in 1944 during World War II. He published 25-30 books with his photos from 1914 to 1950, amongst them the book “Meine Erfahrungen mit der Leica” (“My experience with the Leica”) 1934; there was an exhibiton of the same name the year before) and the “Meine Erfahrungen mit der Leica farbig” (1944, “My experience with Leica Color Photography”).
Photo by: Willi Klar, 1940.

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