Eschen, Fritz

Fritz Eschen (1900-1964) was a German photojournalist. He began his career as a self-taught photographer in 1928, working for agencies like the Associated Press, Defot and Neofot-Fotag. As a Jew, he was banned from his profession by the Nazis in 1933, but occasionally received orders from American photo agencies. After the war, he worked as an independent photo- journalist for nearly all newspapers and magazines in Berlin. Fritz Eschen was particularly famous as a portrait photographer, as well as – most recently – for his genre photos documenting the pre- and post- war periods in Berlin. The Deutsche Fotothek – Bildarchiv Fritz Eschen holds about 90.000 of this records.