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Felix H. Man

Picture agency

1893 in Freiburg im Breisgau
1985 in London

One Work by Felix H. Man


Felix H. Man was born Hans Felix Sigismund Baumann in Freiburg in 1893. In 1912 he began studying art history in Munich and Berlin. During the First World War he volunteered as an officer and produced his first photo story, Ruhe an der Westfront (Calm on the Western Front), which he photographed with a vest-pocket Kodak. In 1927 he began working as a draughtsman and photographer for the press. Under the pseudonym Man he published countless photo stories and essays for the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung and the Münchner Illustrierte Presse, for which he travelled to North Africa and Canada. In 1931 he produced the revolutionary photo essay A Day in the Life of Mussolini. When he refused to work for the Reich Press Office in 1933 his work permit was withdrawn and Man emigrated to London. From there he continued to publish in the Berlin newspapers and also worked for a number of popular magazines like the Daily Mirror, Life and Sports Illustrated. Picture Post began printing colour pages in 1948, and Man was published there as well. His work is now considered pathbreaking pictorial journalism. Felix Man died in London in 1985.

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