Pabel – one of the most important photographers and war reporters
of the 20th century – repeatedly emphasized the connection of
his occupation as photographer for a propaganda company
stationed in Remagen to the historical events of the Bridge
Pabel (1910-2000) documented the bombings
attacks on Remagen during the winter of 1944/45. After
the war, he visited time and again the people who lived through
those war years, always taking along his Leica-camera. What
resulted was a human interest report about a Remagen family
over the course of decades.
In 1968, Pabel was sent by “Stern”
magazine to Czechoslovakia to cover the filming of the American
movie “The Bridge at Remagen”. This filming came to an
abrupt end when, on August 20th, 1968, Soviet troops marched
into Prague (and put a violent end to the reform process known
to history as the “Prague Spring”). There was military
action again. Hilmar Pabel – who had come to Prague to watch
the filming of a movie about war – was once more at the scene
to report conflict.
Be it Remagen,
Prague, or Vietnam, Hilmar Pabel always understood his photography
as a peace- promoting instrument against war, need and hunger.