Photographers

The German army had a number of professional photographers within their ranks for both still and motion pictures. The Propaganda Kompanies (PK) employed dedicated photographers and movie camera operators to document every aspect of the war that suited the message of the Government. A photographer in a propaganda company would be called a Kreigsberichter meaning war reporter. The same name would apply to the writers of war news.
 
Early in the war, personally owned cameras were quite common. Snapshots of daily life and candid photos abound. Photography was a common hobby and many German citizens had excellent cameras. After 1943 as the war started taking a turn for the worse, private cameras and personal photography became far less common. Whether that was due to a ban on them or the lack of availability of film and cameras is unclear at this time. Major brands of personal cameras found in Germany included Leica, Zeiss, Voightlander, Agfa, and even Kodak.

These photographs were taken from a number of online sources and auction sites.  They are presented here for educational purposes.  

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