Bernhoeft, Charles

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Bernhoeft, Charles Gender: M
Carl Michael Bernhöft
born on 22 July 1859 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 49n36, 6e09
Timezone LMT m6e09 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 29°26' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 26°03 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 28°23'

Charles Bernhoeft (1908)


Luxembourg photographer who took portraits of his country's Grand Ducal court as well as numerous landscapes which he turned into postcards. In 1895, together with the journalist Jean-Nicolas Moes, Bernhoeft launched Luxembourg's first illustrated weekly magazine, Das Luxemburger Land in Wort und Bild, which, however, could only publish nine issues.

Bernhoeft's work did much to encourage tourism, which was just beginning to develop at the time. He not only published photographic albums documenting Luxembourg and its surroundings but also illustrated maps of the city and the Moselle Valley. His postcards were also popular with tourists.

Bernhoeft was also successful as an inventor, developing systems providing indirect artificial lighting to facilitate portrait photography. He adapted the approach to magnesium flash photography, which proved particularly successful for photographing children, unable to keep still for very long. He patented the device as Bernhoeft's Blitzlichtapparat Sanssouci and succeeded in selling some 300 units.

He died on 7 February 1933 in Beggen, aged 73.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Birth certificate (acte n° 279) provided by Sy Scholfield.


  • Vocation : Art : Photography
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Inventor)