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Curriculum Vitae

1917 Born in Weißenhorn / D
30's Because of his father, the famous architectural photographer Hugo Schmölz (1879-1938) Karl Hugo Schmölz was exposed to photography early on.
  He began working with his father and photographed for architects like Adolf Abel, Bruno Paul, Dominikus Böhm, Gottfried Böhm, Wilhelm Riphahn, Rudolf Schwarz, Hans Schilling, Wilhelm Schürmann and others.
since 1938 After his father’s death in 1938 he carried on the ‘Fotowerkstätte hugo schmölz’ in same tradition.
  His private interest in the city of Cologne and its cathedral emerged quite early in his photography.
1946 After his return from military service he began documenting the destroyed city of Cologne with his large format camera. One of few themes he did of his own accord.
1947 Publishment of the pictures of the destroyed cathedral Schmölz made under perilous conditions on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the cathedral in Hans-Peters-Verlag.
1956 Marriage with Walde Huth (1923-2011) a well known fashion- and advertisement-photographer
since 1958 They work together in the studio Schmölz & Huth
50s-60s Years In his later years Karl Hugo Schmölz began to work more and more for advertising jobs, for which he not only photographed but also worked as concept-developer. Beside the advertising he focused on furniture photography.
  With Walde Huth, a fashion and advertising photographer, he married a congenius partner in work and private life.
  Today his archive contains the most extensive documentary of post-war-living-culture in Germany, including the designs of Interlübke up to Thomé or Draenert.
since 1949 He worked for big associations of furniture companies in his own large studio with up to twenty employees.
  He knew in a perfect way to arrange even simple furniture to look like cultivated living in the spirit of that time.
1986 died in Lahnstein / D

Exhibtions (selection)

Karl Hugo Schmölz zum 100sten Geburtstag, Van der Grinten Galerie, Köln / DE
  WORK & LEISURE, ART COLLECTION DEUTSCHE BÖRSE, curated by Anne-Marie Beckmann, Sebastian Knoll and Annekathrin Müller kuratiert, Deutsche Börse AG, The Cube, Eschborn/ DE
2016 Karl Hugo Schmölz - KÜHLE FORM, 30 Vintages der 50er Jahre, Van der Grinten Galerie, Köln / DE
2014 Karl Hugo Schmölz, FUNKHAUS Köln 1952, Van der Grinten Galerie, Köln / DE
2012 Wie sich Deutschland neu erfand - Fotografien von Karl Hugo Schmölz. Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn / DE
  Karl Hugo Schmölz - DIE STADT ALS BÜHNE, Van der Grinten Galerie, Köln / DE
  Concrete: Fotografie und Architektur, curated by Thomas Seelig & Urs Stahel, Winterthur / CH
2011 Inside Out, Photography After Form, Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection,
CIFO Art Space, Miami / USA
2007 Stadt-Bild-Köln, SK Stiftung Fotografische Sammlung, Köln / DE
2006 LIEBE ZUM LICHT, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst / Museum Celle / Museum Bochum / DE
  LEUCHTENDE BAUTEN, Archtektur der Nacht, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart / DE
2004 RELATING TO PHOTOGRAPHY, Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt / Main / DE

Publications (Selection)

Köln, Antlitz einer großen Stadt
, publ. Hans Peters, Düsseldorf 1939

Der Dom zu Köln 1248-1948, Hans Peters, Düsseldorf 1948

Der Siegburger Servatiusschatz, publ. Hans Peters, Düsseldorf 1952

Aus den Trümmern, Kunst und Kultur im Rheinland und in Westfalen, 1945-1952, Neubeginn und Kontinuität, exh. cat. Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, 1985

Sammlung Photographie, inventory catalogue, Museum Ludwig, Cologne 1986

Relating to Photography, Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt/M, 2004

Leuchtende Bauten, Architektur der Nacht, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, 2006

Liebe zum Licht, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst/ Museum Celle/ Museum Bochum, 2006/2007

Stadt-Bild-Köln, SK Stiftung Fotografische Sammlung, Cologne 2007

Inside out: Photography after Form, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, 2010

Karl Hugo Schmölz: Architekturfotografien der Fünfziger Jahre, ed. Franz van der Grinten, Schirmer/Mosel, Munich, 2012

Concrete: Fotografie und Architektur, ed. Daniela Janser, Thomas Seelig, Urs Stahel, Fotomuseum Winterthur 2013

Funkhaus Köln 1952, pub. by Van der Grinten Galerie, Verlag Stefan Schuelke, 2014