Biography: 19th Century Berlin photographer Leopold Ahrendts

Biography: 19th Century Berlin photographer Leopold Ahrendts


Leopold Ahrendts (1825 – 1870) was a photographer in Berlin. He worked as a painter and lithographer.

By the mid 1850’s, Leopold Ahrendts had already achieved a prominent reputation as an urban and architectural photographer. His work was well received by the Prussian court, as well as in the Berlin art world and the public sphere. Art magazines praised his work, considering his images as “almost without exception, the most beautiful examples of architectural photography that we have encountered.” (Deutches Kunstblatt, January 26th, 1856)

Berlin’s extensive development during the 19th century dramatically altered the city’s skyline – out with the old, in with the new. Ahrendts captured the architectural changes of his time in photographs. Although, the Schinkel era’s iconic structures – the Altes Museum, the Lustgarten, the Berliner Dome and the Royal Palace or the Crown Prince’s Palace – often acted as the subject of Ahrendts’ work, he also photographed architectural specimens that no longer exist, such as the Baroque Itzig Palace that was demolished to allow for construction of the new Berlin Stock Exchange in its stead.

Leopold Ahrendts’ work has been rediscovered in recent years as a pivotal moment in the history of Berlin’s photography. While bountiful images from the dawn of the photographic era remain of the urban landscapes of other major European metropoli such as Paris and London, Leopold Ahrendts’ images are a true scarcity.

Leopold Ahrendts  Royal Castle, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts. Royal Castle, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts  Lange Brücke with view towards Mühlendamm, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts. Lange Brücke with view towards Mühlendamm, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts  Unter den Linden. Seen from Royal Castle, 1855-59

Leopold Ahrendts. Unter den Linden. Seen from Royal Castle, 1855-59

Leopold Ahrendts  Crown Price's Palais, around 1857

Leopold Ahrendts. Crown Price’s Palais, around 1857

Leopold Ahrendts  Altes Museum, around 1861

Leopold Ahrendts. Altes Museum, around 1861

Leopold Ahrendts  Armory, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts. Armory, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts  Brandenburg Gate, 1855-59

Leopold Ahrendts. Brandenburg Gate, 1855-59

Leopold Ahrendts  Gendarmenmarkt, 1855-59

Leopold Ahrendts. Gendarmenmarkt, 1855-59

Leopold Ahrendts  Square An der Stechbahn, around 1863

Leopold Ahrendts. Square An der Stechbahn, around 1863

Leopold Ahrendts  Opera House and St. Hedwig Church, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts. Opera House and St. Hedwig Church, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts  Cathedral, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts. Cathedral, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts  Fortification Tower „Wusterhausischer Bär“, around 1855

Leopold Ahrendts. Fortification Tower „Wusterhausischer Bär“, around 1855

Leopold Ahrendts  Theater at Gendarmenmarkt, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts. Theater at Gendarmenmarkt, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts  Burgstraße and Lange Brücke with view towards the Royal Castle, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts. Burgstraße and Lange Brücke with view towards the Royal Castle, around 1856

Leopold Ahrendts  Lange Brücke with view towards Mühlendamm, araund 1855

Leopold Ahrendts. Lange Brücke with view towards Mühlendamm, araund 1855


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