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Robert Lebeck in 2011

Robert Lebeck (21 March 1929 – 14 June 2014) was an award-winning German photojournalist.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

At the age of fifteen Lebeck was drafted into the Wehrmacht and sent to the Eastern Front where he was captured as a POW by the Soviet Army. Finally repatriated after World War II, he finished high school at the Donaueschingen Fürstenberg Gymnasium, and went on to study ethnology in Zurich and New York. Self-taught as a photographer, he started in 1952 as a freelancer selling to various newspapers and magazines in Heidelberg. Lebeck then went on to be employed by the magazines Illustrierte wie Revue and Kristall, and finally by the German weekly news magazine Stern. He worked for Stern for thirty years as a photojournalist, with a brief sabbatical during 1977 to 1978, as editor-in-chief of the monthly educational magazine Geo. Since 2001 Lebeck has resided in Berlin.

Lebeck became well known in 1960 after his report on the independence of the Congo "Afrika im Jahre Null" ("Africa in Year Zero") which included a photograph of an African man, Ambroise Boimbo pinching the ceremonial sword of Belgian King Baudouin. To this day that picture remains his "calling card".[2]

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • 2007 Henri Nannen Lifetime Achievement Award[3]

Exhibits[edit | edit source]

  • "Tokio-Moskau-Leopoldville", Hamburg Arts and Crafts Museum (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe), Hamburg 1961
  • "Sammlung R.L. - Fotografie des 19. Jahrhunderts", Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin 1982
  • "Augenzeuge Robert Lebeck - 30 Jahre Zeitgeschichte", Stadtmuseum, Kiel 1983
  • "Robert Lebeck - Fotoreportagen", Perpignan (south of France) 1991
  • "Kiosk. Eine Geschichte der Fotoreportage", Museum Ludwig, Cologne 2001
  • "Unverschämtes Glück", Willy Brandt House, Berlin 2004
  • "Robert Lebeck - Neugierig auf Welt", Galerie & Edition Bode, Nuremberg 2008
  • "Robert Lebeck. Fotografien 1955-2005", Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin 2008

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Fotograf Robert Lebeck gestorben". T-online.de. http://www.t-online.de/unterhaltung/id_69845938/fotograf-robert-lebeck-gestorben.html. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  2. Glasenapp, Jörn (2008) '"Der Degendieb von Léopoldville. Robert Lebecks Schlüsselbild der Dekolonisation Afrikas" In Paul, Gerhard (ed.) (2008) Das Jahrhundert der Bilder: 1949 bis heute Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, pp. 242-249, ISBN 978-3-525-30012-1, in German
  3. "Spiegel-Reporter gewinnen Nannen-Preise" ("Spiegel Reporter wins Nannan Prize") Der Spiegel 11 May 2007

References[edit | edit source]

  • Kayser, Gisela (2009) Robert Lebeck, Fotoreporter (Robert Lebeck, Photojournalist) Steidl, Göttingen, ISBN 978-3-86521-873-5, a catalog for the 28 November 2008 to 23 March 2009 Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibit, in German
  • Schmidt, E. (2009) "Bilder und Reisen - Gesprach mit dem Fotoreporter Robert Lebeck" ("Pictures and Travel - Interview with the Photojournalist Robert Lebeck") Die Zeit 64(9): pp. 66–68, in German
  • Staff (2009) "Die Tricks des Haudegen - Photographie im Gesprach mit Reporter-Legende Robert Lebeck" ("The tricks of the warhorse - Photographie interviews the legendary reporter Robert Lebeck") Photographie 33(3): pp. 108–111, in German
  • Staff (2008) "Robert Lebeck - Fotografie: Retrospektive eines grossen Fotoreporters" ("Robert Lebeck - Photography: Retrospective of one of the great photojournalists") Du no. 791: pp. 68–81, in German
  • Staff (2006) "Portfolio - Robert Lebeck" Color Foto 36(3): pp. 78–88, in German
  • Jocks, H. N. (2006) "Robert Lebeck: Neugierig auf Welt" ("Robert Lebeck: Curious about the World") Kunstforum International no. 181: pp. 154–77, in German
  • Zeeb, R. (April 1984) "Die ersten dreissig Jahre der Fotografie" ("The first thirty years of photography") [Stadtmuseum Kiel; Sammlung Robert Lebeck]. Das Kunstwerk v. 37 (April 1984) p. 82-3

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