Heinrich Hoffmann and his photographic legacy

28 April 2020, 18:30 → The event will be cancelled.
Lecture by Sebastian Peters M.A., Institute for Contemporary History
Lecture accompanying the photographic exhibition "MUNICH. LOOK here!"

Flyer on the lecture accompanying the exhibition "MUNICH. LOOK here!" | © BSB/ Image Archive

Flyer on the lecture accompanying the exhibition "MUNICH. LOOK here!" | © BSB/ Image Archive


The photographic archive Hoffmann preserved by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek today counts among the world's most important image archives on the time of National Socialism.

This importance is based above all on the biography of the photographer: Heinrich Hoffmann accompanied Adolf Hitler for almost a quarter of a century as his personal photographer and confidant. He helped set the stage for the party and the "Führer" as of the beginnings of the NSDAP. As of 1933, his company focused the lens on the "Third Reich", creating photographs which continue to have an effect up to the present day.

About the lecture

In his lecture, Sebastian Peters discusses the scarcely known life of Hoffmann and the special role played by the photographer in Hitler's entourage.

In addition, the lecture also addresses his photographic legacy: How were Hoffmann's images created and what purpose did he pursue with his photographs? And how can we look behind the façade of the staging today?

Information overview

When to have a LOOK?28 April 2020, 18:30  (The event will be cancelled.)
Where to have a LOOK?Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Friedrich-von-Gärtner-Saal, 1st floor
Ludwigstrasse 16, 80539 Munich
Public transportUnderground lines U3/ U6, bus lines 58/ 68/ 153/ 154, station/ bus stop Universität,
bus lines 100/ 153, station Von-der-Tann-Strasse
RegistrationPlease register by e-mail to
or by calling +49 89 28638-2115  (Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 14:00)

By participating, you declare your approval of possibly being seen on recordings which will be used within the scope of the public relations work of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
AdmissionAdmission is free.
FlyerEvent flyer for download  (PDF, 3.11 MB)
The exhibitionMUNICH. LOOK here! PHOTOGRAPHYexhibition