Helmut Laux}} Helmut Laux (10 June 1916 in Donaueschingen - 29 April, 1987) was a German photographer who rose to prominence under the Third Reich and who headed the so-called Buro Laux, a photo news agency jointly-operated by the SS and the German Foreign Ministry.
The Buro/Bureau Laux had as its director, SS-Obersturmführer Helmut Laux. As the personal photographer of foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, Laux was often part of Hitler’s entourage and was present at important state receptions. With the declaration of war with the United States, the Buro Laux incorporated the Berlin operations of Associated Press (AP GmbH) and its photo archive. This transaction was cemented with the help of both the Foreign Oﬃce and the SS against the wishes of the Ministry of Propaganda.
Some of the Buro Laux's employees were civilians but many key personnel joined the Waffen-SS. Though only Laux himself is said to have always worn his SS uniform.
The bureau was not located in oﬃces belonging to the Foreign Oﬃce, but initially in Laux’s luxurious seven-room apartment at Innsbrucker Straße 44 in Berlin-Schöneberg. Prisoners from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp were also employed there.
The Buro Laux was able to pursue its full range of activities from the spring/summer of 1942. It provided photographers who documented all important events involving Ribbentrop and even travelled abroad to produce pictures for the Foreign Oﬃce. These were mainly supplied to the German press through the Deutscher Verlag publishing house. The Buro Laux also supplied foreign newspapers with pictures and provided the press attachés at the German embassies with photos that made Ribbentrop and Schmidt look important.
Laux himself travelled widely in the occupied territories and in the war zones, collecting photo material. He was even in Baghdad before the British took the city back. Provided by Wikipedia
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