Ludwig Windstosser


A trained mechanic and technical draftsman, Ludwig Windstosser (German, 1921–1983) studied photography with Adolf Lazi in Stuttgart in 1946–47 and worked as a Stuttgart-based freelance industrial photographer since 1948. He was a co-founder of the fotoform group and participated in the subjektive fotografie exhibitions. His black-and-white industrial photographs visually transformed industrial products, buildings, work processes—mostly images of Ruhr area steel plants—into poetic yet dynamic images, often as negative prints in delicate white designs against a dark background. From the 1960s onwards Windstosser specialized in color photography, extending his work to architecture and cityscapes. These were published in numerous books about Berlin and Stuttgart, but also on the historic Maulbronn Abbey in Baden-Württemberg.