Hein Gorny (1904-1967) made his first pictures in Italy after acquiring a camera. In 1925, Gorny photographed the philosopher Theodor Lessing and met his future wife: Lessing’s daughter Ruth. In 1929, he started working as a professional photographer, shooting reports and advertising for multiple companies. He moved to Berlin in 1931, where he married Ruth. During the war, Gorny was declared “unworthy to bear arms” because of his Jewish wife, but he was able to continue working as a photographer. In 1943, his atelier at Kurfürstendamm 35 was hit by bombs destroying almost all of his negatives. In 1945, Gorny photographed allied troops and the capital in ruins while working on a book called ‘In Memoriam’, which was left unfinished.