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Fritz Heimhuber senior

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Fritz Heimhuber senior (* 1877; † 1963) was a German photographer and ski pioneer.

Life

Fritz Heimhuber senior was a son of the royal Bavarian court photographer Joseph Heimhuber. He began a three-year apprenticeship as a photographer at the age of 13 and later became, like his brother Eugen, first an assistant and then managing director in his father’s business. After Fritz and Eugen Heimhuber had gained a foothold in their profession, the company was entered in the commercial register under the name Photospezialgeschäft- Photoatelier-Ansichtpostkarten-Verlag en gros & en detail Fritz und Eugen Heimhuber Sonthofen-Oberstdorf Sitz Oberstdorf.

However, Fritz Heimhuber was not only active as a photographer, but was also active as an alpinist, ski pioneer and inventor. He filed patents for several inventions, including a metal ski pole plate. He built his first ski equipment, allegedly inspired by Fridtjof Nansen,[1] in 1897;[2] later he worked as a ski manufacturer in the so-called “Skihäusl” in Sonthofen and presented his products at winter sports fairs. Four years after the construction of his first ski equipment he succeeded together with Hofrat[3] Dr. Max Madlener from Kempten the first ascent of the Nebelhorn on skis;[4] later Fritz and Eugen Heimhuber were also involved in many other first ski ascents of Allgäu mountains. In 1910 they offered the first ski courses in the Allgäu. Many objects in the ski museum in Fischen come from the Heimhuber brothers.

In 1904 Fritz Heimhuber married Luise Althaus, a granddaughter of Johann Althaus. Luise Heimhuber took care of the photo business in Sonthofen when her husband was busy with his ski manufacturing or his trips to the mountains.

In 1938 Fritz and Eugen Heimhuber opened the first colour laboratory in the Allgäu.

Fritz Heimhuber senior was the father of Fritz Heimhuber junior, one of the most famous mountain photographers of his time.[5] The latter joined the business as a partner in 1948.[6] He photographed, among others, on tours with Luis Trenker and Anderl Heckmair.[7]

Peter Fassl described the approximately 300,000 negatives that accumulated in the Heimhuber photographic house from 1877 to about 1950, most of which may have been taken by Fritz Heimhuber senior and his brother Eugen, as “the cultural-historical memory of the Allgäu.” In 2012, Heimhuber photographs were on display in several exhibitions.[8][9]

Individual references

  1. Helga Hoffmann:Up in the Allgäu, where bread has an end’: on the cultural history of a region. Zweckverband Schwäbisches Bauernhofmuseum, 2000, ISBN 978-3-931915-03-2, p. 422.
  2. This is the representation on the homepage of Fotohaus Heimhuber; according to another source(Archived copy(Memento of the Originals september 1, 2016 on the Internet Archive) Info:The archive linkwas inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions and then remove this note.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/www.museen-kempten.de), the Heimhuber brothers had their first ski equipment come from Norway.
  3. Art, Culture & History, at tramino .s3.amazonaws.com
  4. Gerd Falkner:100 Years of the German Ski Association: Chronicle of German Skiing from the Beginnings to the End of World War 2 in 1945. Deutscher Skiverband, 2005, ISBN 978-3-938963-01-2, p. 13.
  5. Time Travel, at www.fotohaus-heimhuber.de
  6. Mountain worlds – photographed and chainsawed, at www.villa-jauss.de
  7. Rosemarie Schwesinger, A Passionate Alpinist and Photographer, at www.museen-kempten.de(Memento of the Originals september 1, 2016 on the Internet Archive) Info:The archive linkwas inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions and then remove this notice.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/www.museen-kempten.de
  8. Klaus-Peter Mayr, The photographic memory of the Allgäu, at www.museen-kempten.de(Memento of the Originals september 1, 2016 on the Internet Archive) Info:The archive linkwas inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions and then remove this note.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/www.museen-kempten.de
  9. Klaus Schmidt, Up and Down the Mountain and in Life, at www.museen-kempten.de(Memento of the Originals september 1, 2016 on the Internet Archive) Info:The archive linkwas automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions, then remove this notice.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/www.museen-kempten.de