Axel Benzmann

Born in 1939, lived and worked as a press photographer in Berlin and undertook numerous photographic trips abroad.

After a one-year study stay in Paris, he studied chemistry at the FU Berlin.

Since the beginning of the 60's he was strongly involved with fine arts and photography.

From then on he worked as a photo journalist for various Berlin and national newspapers and magazines.

Born in 1939, lived and worked as a press photographer in Berlin and undertook numerous photographic trips abroad.

After a one-year study stay in Paris, he studied chemistry at the FU Berlin.

Since the beginning of the 60's he was strongly involved with fine arts and photography.

From then on he worked as a photo journalist for various Berlin and national newspapers and magazines.

In the 60's Benzmann moved a lot in the West Berlin artist and pub scene. Here he was able to create sensitive portraits of the brothers Kurt and Willi Mühlenhaupt, Artur Märchen, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern or Oskar Huth, among others, personalities of the Kreuzberger Bohème, with whom he was friendly and with whom he enjoyed celebrating together especially in the "Little World Lantern".
Further thematic focuses of his work were the Berlin Jazz Days and the Variété scene, the APO and student protests as well as travel photography.

His photographs appeared in journals, magazines, books and on television, for which he produced photographic film reports from India, Indonesia and Yemen, among others.

He showed his photographs in solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad and participated in the World Exhibition of Photography.
His works can be found in the collections of the Berlinische Galerie, the German Historical Museum and the Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz.

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