Photo archive of Joachim Kankel

Short biography and photo archive

Joachim Kankel (1921 – 1984), around 1950 | © BSB/Image Archive
Joachim Kankel (1921 – 1984), around 1950 | © BSB/Image Archive

Born in Stralsund, Joachim Kankel (1921 – 1984) trained as a photographer at the Munich School of Photography from 1942 to 1944. He returned to Stralsund subsequently. Having spent several years as a prisoner of war in Russia, he returned to live in Munich in 1956, where he was active as a photographer for various publishing houses.


Between 1956 and 1984, numerous photos were created of Bavarian cities, monasteries, churches and castles, of bridges, fountains, monuments and landscapes and of various events (Oktoberfest, Olympic Games 1972, International Gardening Exhibition 1983) and of sights of Munich.


Kankel’s photographs were reproduced in great numbers in numerous publications on Munich and/or Bavaria.

The archive comprises almost 1,400 coloured negatives. It came to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek as a donation by the family in 2016. Kankel’s photographs of birds (especially birds of prey) are preserved by the Bavarian Society for the Protection of Birds (Landesbund für Vogelschutz) today.


The cataloguing and digitization of the photo archive have been completed.


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