Der Fotograf

Artist: Willi Ruge (German, 1882–1961)

Date: 1931

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: Image: 20.5 x 14.1 cm (8 1/16 x 5 9/16 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005

Accession Number: 2005.100.300

Description

Ruge, a photojournalist who specialized in images of aircraft, took this photograph during a seven-minute parachute jump from an airplane over Berlin. Although his friends tried to dissuade him, Ruge risked his life to produce this vertiginous view, which was published in the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung.

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