Lerski, Helmar

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Lerski, Helmar Gender: F
Israël Schmoklerski
born on 18 February 1871 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place Strasbourg, France, 48n35, 7e45
Timezone LMT m7e45 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 29°30' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 16°45 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 22°49'


German-Israeli-Swiss photographer who laid some of the important foundations of modern photography. His works are on display in the USA, Germany, Israel and Switzerland. He focused mainly on portraits and the technique of photography with mirrors.

In 1876 he moved with his family to Zurich, Switzerland, where the family was naturalized. In 1888, Lerski emigrated to the United States, where he worked as an actor. Around 1910, he began to photograph. In 1915, he returned to Europe and worked as a cameraman and expert for special effects for many films, including Fritz Lang's Metropolis. At the end of the 1920s, he made a name as an avant-garde portrait photographer.

In 1932, he emigrated with his second wife to Palestine, where he continued to work as a photographer, cameraman, and film director. On 22 March 1948, they left Palestine and settled again in Zurich, where he died on 19 September 1956.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield forwarded birth certificate n°400 from the online Bas-Rhin departmental archives, image 103/121: "deux heures du soir" (two o'clock in the afternoon). Wikipedia has "Schmuklerski" but the BC has "Schmoklerski."


  • Vocation : Art : Photography
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Film)