Helmar Lerski, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Helmar Lerski

photographer (1871-1956)

Date of Birth: 18-Feb-1871

Place of Birth: Strasbourg, France

Date of Death: 29-Sep-1956

Profession: photographer, writer, cinematographer, film director

Nationality: Switzerland, France

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Helmar Lerski

  • Helmar Lerski (18 February 1871, Strasbourg - 19 September 1956, Zürich) was a photographer who laid some of the important foundations of modern photography.
  • His works are on display in the USA, Germany, Israel and Switzerland.
  • He focused mainly on portraits and the technique of photography with mirrors. His real name was Israel Schmuklerski.
  • The family moved in 1876 to Zürich, Switzerland, where the family was naturalized.
  • In 1888, Lerski emigrated to the United States, where he worked as an actor.
  • Around 1910, he began to photograph.
  • In 1915, he returned to Europe and worked as a cameraman and expert for special effects for many films, including Fritz Lang's Metropolis.
  • At the end of the 1920s, he made a name as an avant-garde portrait photographer. In 1932, he emigrated with his second wife to Palestine, where he continued to work as a photographer, cameraman, and film director.
  • On 22 March 1948, they left what was now Israel and settled again in Zürich.

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