Heinz Finke (born January 27, 1915 in Haldensleben ; November 28, 2007 in Konstanz ) was a German photographer and photojournalist.
Heinz Finke, whose father died in the First World War , was forced into the Reich Labor Service in 1935, later as a “PK-Bildberichter” for the army newspaper “Der Sieg” in the Propaganda Company 625 of the Wehrmacht . There he met the journalist Hans Bayer , who became known as ” Thaddäus Troll ” after the war . After the end of the war he settled in Wertheim am Main and founded the “Wertheimer Pressedienst”. Among other things, he worked for the then publisher and later Federal President Theodor Heuss . As the holder of one of the rare American press licenses, he was like for several daily newspapersFränkische Rundschau , Main-Post , Mannheimer Morgen and Hannoversche Allgemeine work as text and image authors.
Finke lived since 1951 in Konstanz and was Ullstein people to the publisher for the recent Berliner John Weyl founded Südkurier active in Konstanz as a press photographer. He became known as a photo reporter in the post-war years, especially with his photo reports, for example about Theodor Heuss , Albert Schweitzer , Willy Brandt and Konrad Adenauer .
He was also involved in the Volksbund Deutscher Kriegsgräberfürsorge for decades and was out and about every year with colleagues from the German Association of Journalists for the Volksbund to illustrate reports for the day of national mourning in memory of the fallen soldiers.
Heinz Finke published more than 40 illustrated books and took photos exclusively with a Leica . All his life he was only on foot or by public transport.