Photography captures the soul of the moment

12 powerful photographs from the Bock-Schroeder Collection

The Power of Photography

Native Amercans fish for Salmon at Celilo Falls 1956
Native Americans at Celilo Falls, 1956

For 15,000 years, native peoples gathered at Wyam to fish and exchange goods. They built wooden platforms out over the water and caught salmon with dipnets and long spears on poles as the fish swam up through the rapids and jumped over the falls.

Photography transforms light and time into a collectible object, it has the power to depict reality or at least to create a visual analogy to it. The camera suggests authenticity and a technical neutrality of values. But images are never just a copy of reality. Photography has the power to capture the soul of the moment

Peter Bock-Schroeder’s story reads a bit like a movie; larger than life with plenty of plot twist

Photographs are not illustrations, they represent an independent reality. This independence also applies to the individual photographer who produces the image - the role of the photographer is never that of an “innocent observer”.

Inuit Girl with Bubblegum
Inuit Girl in rural Alaska, 1952

Native Americans and Indigenous peoples share a set of values and beliefs that includes: priority of communal and family considerations over individual considerations, a belief in sharing versus accumulating, and a respect for spirituality and an interconnectedness with the natural world

Photos are powerful. They outlast time and are capable of telling stories that are long gone. The fact that our perception and our thinking are visually determined — plays a significant role.

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Motifs are structured by the photographer’s assessment and point of view. They provide a subjective interpretation of an event from a particular perspective.

Woman and her children get their photo taken in Moscow
Family Portrait, Moscow 1956

In 1956, one year after the peace treaty between Russia and Germany, Peter Bock-Schroeder was the first West German photojournalist to be permitted to tell a visual story about the daily life behind the Iron Curtain.

In the context of historical pictorial history, which takes into account the increasing importance of the medium of photography and the mass medialization of history in general, photographs are capable of transforming into icons of political, economic and cultural events.

Truck with swastika
The Swastika Laundry Truck, 1956

When John W. Brittain saw the ornament of a black cat with a swastika around its neck on a stand at the Great Industrial Exhibition in London in 1910, he decided to use the symbol as a logo for his newly founded company: The Swastika Laundry. He could not have foreseen that less than two decades later Adolf Hitler would place the same symbol at the heart of the Nazi flag, and transform it forever into the symbol of hatred, inhumanity and mass murder.

It is not only the photos that have already burned themselves into our visual memory as icons of actual events. It is often possible to gain insights in images that are not yet generally known, but which can nevertheless be representative of a distinct historical context.

Brandenburg Gate shortly after World War II
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

The scars of the Allied bombing raids during the Battle of Berlin were visible from afar. The Brandenburg Gate had been badly damaged. No other German architectural structure is as symbolically charged as the building at the end of the boulevard "Unter den Linden". For many years it was also the symbol of German division

Looking at photos: The era of the great masters is over. What remains are the gems of the analog years.

Image sources from a certain time period, can be applied to identify lasting iconography moments. Based on historical, cultural and political research, an attempt can be made to classify those images as icons which are relevant to a specific context.

Crying Baby sitting in a wooden box
Handle with care, Peru 1954

Peru was the birthplace of the ancient Inca Empire and remains famously known for the archaeological wonders of this civilisation, such as Machu Picchu.

When it comes to the crucial question of why a picture was created in a certain way, art historical analysis must be specifically supplemented by sociological questions, i.e., closely linked to the function of the picture in a social context. Peter Bock-Schroeder works have such potential.

The photo journalist’s landscape has to be more than just a pretty picture; it has to make a statement.

Our memory is made up of countless individual images that are constantly changing and overlapping. Images substitute, complement and alter the text-based parts of our memory. Images, however, are not a complete historical account, but rather a snapshot that demands interpretation.

Israeli soldier says farewell to his son
Israel, 1956

On the night of 28-29 October 1956, Israel launched "Operation Musketeer" in the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip, as planned in the Sèvres Protocol. The next day, Britain and France issued an ultimatum calling for the withdrawal of both sides.

Media reality has its own rules. Images and photos develop their own dynamics with unpredictable consequences, depending on the audience they attract. The once hegemonic position of the printed story in the acquisition of reality is definitely coming to an end.

Care from USA arriving in Yogoslavia
Care USA, Yugoslavia 1951

In 1951, President Truman asked Congress to provide economic and military assitance to Yugslavia. This aid was granted. Yuogoslavia proved to be a Cold War Wild Card, while the United States admired Tito for his independent stance, he could sometimes be a bit too independent.

Electronic media has replaced the narrative style of classical photojournalism. Therefore, historically significant picture stories are of tremendous importance today. Not only to better understand history, but also to inspire a new generation of young photographers to report events with authenticity.

Soldiers looking at woman that walks by in Anchorage
Fur Rendezvous, Anchorage 1959

The Fur Rendezvous Festival is an annual winter festival held in Anchorage, Alaska in late February. The self-styled "largest winter festival in North America",

The history of photography is a fundamentally defined social history. In particular, "pure photography" with its characteristic style of new objectivity from the 1920s and beyond, snapshots and everyday shots of people, situations and events from the 1930s onward, documentary photography, war photography and critical social photography.

Couple relaxing at Cabo Blanco Fishing Club, Peru
Cabo Blanco, 1954

Cabo Blanco gained popularity in the 1950s thanks to the visit of Ernest Hemingway and the shooting of the fish scenes of "The Old Man and the Sea". Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Joe di Maggio and many other Hollywood celebrities from the golden era were also guests at Cabo Blanco.

For over almost two centuries, Photography has determined our visual memory.

Photos do not simply reflect history. Instead, they are capable of creating their own visual act. They are both evidence and verdict.

Photo essays are a well-established part of photojournalism

Photojournalism, which shaped press and media after the end of the Second World War, had the power to illustrate reality in its reproductive representation.

Couple at Italian Filmweek, Moscow 1956
Brigitte Bardot, 1967

Serge Obraztov (1901-1992) who established puppertry as an art form in the Soviet Union with Italian actress Silvana Pampanini (1925 -2016) during the Italian Filmweek, Moscow 1956

A picture is never an icon by itself, it is only made into an icon by an engaged and curious audience.

Portrait of Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot, 1967

Brigitte Bardot is one of the most photographed women of the 20th century. It speaks of Peter Bock-Schroeder's quality as a master photographer who has created a picture in which you can recognise the actress without actually seeing her.

Images have the power to describe the meaning of a historical event and an eventful time and thus have significance beyond the particular context of its creation. In these instances, a photograph can be regarded as a historical reference.


  1. Photography is an universal language.
  2. Photography can tell an entire story by capturing a fraction of a second.
  3. Photography stops time, captures a moment and has given mankind the ability to partake in the defining moments of history.
  4. Photography makes us think, wonder and feel.
  5. Photography has fundamentally changed the way we perceive the world.
  6. A great photo can develop into a central message and statement.

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20th Century Photography

Photo Journalist Peter Bock-Schroeder

Peter Bock-Schroeder

They were not the pretty pictures of "willows by the river or beeches in the fog" that he was after, but rather the landscapes of a world violently "disturbed" by man.

Sailor on Boat in Holland

Disturbed Landscapes

Where does my fascination for photography come from and how did I become a photo journalist?

Young woman in Moscow reading announcement

Soviet people

His journey took him through the huge space of the former Soviet republics - from the oriental south to the far north, from western Russia to the Siberian east.

Women Workers in Silver Mine in Bolivia


For centuries, men have exploited the mineral wealth of the Andes Range.

Sek of Kaiser Wilhelm

House Doorn - Kaiser Wilhem's II last exile

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

21st Century Photography

Two mouths kissing


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