Felix H. Man studied art and art history in Munich. From 1915-1918, he was obliged to interrupt his studies due to his military service in the First World War. After working as a press draughtsman, he found work as a photojournalist in 1928, travelling internationally for the Münchner Illustrierte Presse, among others. In 1929 he was employed - alongside Umbo and T. Lux Feininger - by the Dephot picture agency. In 1931, he was the first German journalist to produce a photo reportage on Benito Mussolini. When the National Socialists brought the press into line in 1933, he refused the obligatory registration with the Reich Press Chamber. He emigrated to London in 1934, where he worked for the Daily Mirror, among others. In 1938 he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Picture Post. In 1954, his illustrated volume Eight European Artists was published, including colour photographs. In 1965 he received the Prize for Culture from the German Photographic Society and in 1982 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.