What counts is the perception, the eye.

Peter Bock-Schroeder’s story reads a bit like a movie;
larger-than-life with plenty of plot twists.
Salmon Fishing at Celilo Falls 1956
Celilo Falls, 1956 © Bock-Schroeder Foundation


Travel is the best education for a photographer. I was able to experiment and shoot however I felt like. I had time, there were no "musts", and earning a living wasn't an issue. I was married to my camera, and of my entire career, these wander years were the time I enjoyed the most. The photos I took during those years of travel were my best.

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Man reading
Moscow 1956 © Bock-Schroeder Foundation


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 film was approved by the Soviet authorities. It was made under the same conditions in which all Western journalists in the Soviet Union worked at the time. In almost a year's production, they created the documentary under unimaginable difficulties.

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Worker in Silver Mine
Peru 1952 © Bock-Schroeder Foundation

Photo journalist’s landscape

The 20th century gave rise to to a new kind of photographer; both social reformer and globe-trotting photojournalist who hunted news stories for the great tabloid empires. Photography had entered an era of unparalleled creativity, propelled in part by sophisticated new picture magazines. Photojournalism, under pressure from television and the constant distribution of news images, renewed itself by creating more personal and authentic images, at a time when world events were developing rapidly.

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Young Cadets watching Horse Race
Moscow 1956 by PBS by JBS, Paris 2012 © Bock-Schroeder Foundation

Bock-Schroeder by Bock-Schroeder

Bock-Schroeder by Bock-Schroeder transforms photographic documentation into orchestration. Finding and inventing enter into a new cyclic relationship with each other. The newly arranged image gains its existential justification through its ability to manifest existing reality.

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Seán T. O’Kelly showing the Irish Independent Proclamation
Seán T. O’Kelly 1956

Ireland - Who's for tea?

Original copies of the Easter proclamation are treated as treasured Irish icons, in 2004 one exemplar was auctioned for €390,000. While serving as President of Ireland, Seán T. O'Kelly handed his personal copy to the Irish Parliament. It is on permanent display in the main foyer of Leinster House.

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Salmon Fisherman at Celilo Falls
Celilo Falls

Celilo Falls - Echo of falling water

Celilo was the oldest continuously inhabited community on the North American continent until 1957, when the falls and nearby settlements were submerged by the construction of The Dalles Dam

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Children playing in egypt
Cairo 1956

Suez Crisis - Great Britain's end as a colonial power

The plan to overthrow Egyptian Prime Minister Nasser through military action during the Suez crisis turned into a debacle for British Prime Minister Anthony Eden, and liberated Egypt from British domination.

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Kaiser Wilhelm Statue on Desk
Kaiser Wilhem's II last exile

House Doorn - Kaiser Wilhem's II

In 1960 Peter Bock- Schroeder visited the Villa Doorn, Kaiser Wilhelm's II exile.

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