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May 2007

Theodor Hilsdorf

Like Nadar in Paris, or even Mario Testino in Hollywood, Munich photographer Theodor Hilsdorf was consumed with amassing a visual archive of the personalities of his day. As Royal Bavarian court photographer, and later a private artist, he photographed such luminaries as Franz von Stuck, Thomas Theodor Heine, Oskar von Miller, and Richard Strauss. Photography historian Michael Koetzle undertook the daunting task of sifting through Hilsdorf’s works to choose a selection of 250 photographs that best capture his late-19th century milieu. Until November 25, the Stadtmuseum presents these pictures in Münchner Kreise (Munich Social Circles): The Photographer Theodor Hilsdorf, 1868–1944.

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