The landscape deserves to be photographed the way it presents itself to us.
- Peter Bock-Schroeder (1913-2001)
Peter Bock-Schroeder was born on November 30th 1913 in Hamburg, Germany. He was an illegitimate child which caused him a troubled childhood. At the age of 16 he left his home and moved to Berlin where he made his apprenticeship as Photographer in Photo-Atelier Binder. He was interested in politics and joined the Social Democratic Party. When the SPD was prohibited in 1933 he was detained. In 1938 he tried to flee Germany, but was arrested in Holland and deported. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1939 and was sent to Africa where he served as gunner and war correspondent in Rommel's Afrika Corps.
After the war he was given his first contract by Sefton Delmer, founder of the German News Service (today dpa). In 1949 Henry Nannen noticed Peter Bock-Schroeder's extraordinary talent and hired him to work for 'Stern Magazine'. Now in his mid thirties, Peter Bock-Schroeder travelled the world and used photography to digest the experiences of the terror of WWII. Equipped with only a Rolleiflex he began his personal search for independence and freedom. His approach to photography was realistic, candid and honest.