Heinrich Riebesehl

1938–2010

Heinrich Riebesehl (German, 1938-2010) started taking pictures while still in school. After an apprenticeship as a pharmacist he studied photography from 1963 to 1965 at the Folkwangschule in Essen with Otto Steinert and Erich vom Endt, completing his studies with Steinert in 1973. Riebesehl began working as a photojournalist in 1967 and in 1968 joined the teaching staff at the Fachhochschule in Hanover. In 1972 he and several other photographers founded the Sprengel Museum’s Spectrum Photogalerie, which he headed until 1992. Hanover’s Fachhochschule made Riebesehl a professor in 1984, where he taught until 1997. In 2004 the Sprengel Museum Hanover, home to his archive since 2000, presented a comprehensive retrospective of Riebesehl’s work.