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.

Steve Dougherty

Celilo Falls

Celilo Falls
Celilo Falls 1956

Until 1956 up to 5000 Indians from the Umatilla, Yakima and Warm Spring Reservations came here during the Fishing Season (April-October).

Russian Photograph

All-Union Agricultural Exhibition Moscow 1956
All-Union Agricultural Exhibition Moscow 1956

"For me, the shot of the crowd at the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition in Moscow is, as strange as it may sound, a landscape photograph."-PBS


Dublin 1956

"Squalid old X-street in Dublin is just as much part of the landscape as are the typical "islands-of-green" pics." - PBS

Back in the USSR

In 1956, one year after the peace treaty between Russia and Germany, Peter Bock-Schroeder was the first West-German photographer to get permission to work in the USSR. The Assignment came from a West German Film Production. The task was to travel with an international film crew on the production of the documentary: Russia today, We saw with our eyes.

The Soviets, who came up for all the expenses of the four western camera groups in the USSR, were granted an extensive veto, control and participation rights.

The night before returning to West-Berlin, Bock-Schroeder sewed most of the exposed rolls of film into his trench coat and brought his uncensored work out of Russia into the west.


Bock-Schroeder by Bock-Schroeder
Bock-Schroeder by Bock-Schroeder

Bock-Schroeder By Bock-Schroeder is a unique venture by the late photographer's son to present this work in a modern context.

Letter from Vera Maxwell

Letter from Vera Maxwell
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It was on a fabric buying trip to Peru in the early 1950s that Maxwell met Peter Bock-Schroeder, the world travelling German photojournalist.

USSR in Agfacolor

Sochi 1956 by Peter Bock-Schroeder
Sochi 1956 by Peter Bock-Schroeder

Rare color photographs made by Peter Bock-Schroeder in 1956.

Last Exile

Doorn Netherlands
Doorn, Netherlands 1960 by Peter Bock-Schroeder

German Emperor Wilhelm II lived in exile at the Huis Doorn from 1920 until his death in 1941.

Suez Crisis

Israel 1957
Israel 1957 by Peter Bock-Schroeder

The Suez Crisis was a diplomatic and military confrontation in late 1956 between Egypt on one side, and Britain, France and Israel on the other

In furor over Führer

"As I always said in the pre-war Nazi days, it is one of the grotesque tragedies of the world that Hitler could not have kept his real name for it would certainly never have been possible for millions of human beings to shout enthusiastically en mass 'Heil Schicklgruber.”

Fred G. Taylor

Sefton Delmer

Denis Sefton Delmer (1904 - 1979) was a British journalist and propagandist for the British government. During the Second World War he led a black propaganda campaign against Hitler by radio from England and he was named in the Nazis' Black Book for immediate arrest after their invasion of England.


Disturbed Landscapes

Just as the landscape forms the people, people also put their mark on the landscape. So we needn’t go looking for a little piece of earth free of all traces of human activity, for it is the landscape altered by man that repeatedly gives us something new, that offers us fascinating motifs. The photo journalist’s landscape has to be more than just a pretty picture; it has to make a statement.

by Peter Bock-Schroeder

Celilo Falls

The "Happy Fishing Ground", owned by the Wyam Indians, at the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington is endangered to be destroyed through the construction of the "Dallas Dam". During the Fishing Season (April-October) up to 5000 Indians from the Umatilla, Yakima and Warm Spring Reservations come here.

Native settlements has existed here in various configurations for 15,000 years. The Building of the Dallas Dam which will supply a nearby electric power station, means the loss of their income and their ancient tradition. The torrential River will be replaced by a quiet Lake.

Peter Bock-Schroeder 1956

Paris Photo Grand Palais 2010
Paris Photo Grand Palais 2010

Collecting Bock-Schroeder

Provenance has always been an important factor in the painting and print markets and is has become the same in photography. Besides the possibility of contributing to an increase in value because of the reputation of the previous owner, provenance is also important in determining that a photograph is not a forgery.

The Peter Bock-Schroeder Estate produces modern/estate prints from the original negatives.
Photographs are stamped on the back with Peter Bock-Schroeder's original copyright stamp, and the Peter Bock-Schroeder Estate stamp. For authenticity reasons, all prints are signed by Jans Bock Schroeder with the print date and edition number.
In photography, a vintage print is the first print that the photographer makes immediately after developing a negative. Vintage prints are considered the original piece of art.
The Bock-Schroeder Store will be online:
October 1st 2016

Every Picture tells a story

Peter Bock-Schroeder became a photographer in his youth for politically liberal social causes, served in the African campaign under Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. In the fifties he was a wanderer, photographing and making a film in Russia (the first German photographer admitted after the war), and then in North and South America, where he felt particular affinity for Native Americans.

Anne Wilkes Tucker