Leopold Ahrendts

1825–1870; active 1855/60-1870

Leopold Ahrendts (German, 1825–1870) worked in Dessau as a lithographer before moving to Berlin in 1850. Four of his lithographic works were shown at an exhibition at the Akademie der Künste there, though he turned to photography in the following years. He worked with the wet collodian process and in 1856 started to make a name for himself with landscape and urban views, which were published in representative portfolios and albums. In his two decades of activity he became one of the leading architecture photographers in Berlin.