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Hildegard Ochse Estate

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Hildegard Ochse (1935–1997) Estate Hildegard Maria Helene Ochse (maiden name Roemer) was born at home in Bad Salzuflen, Westphalia on December 7. 1935. In 1952 she traveled to the USA on a student exchange to Rochester, returning to Germany 1953 with a Senior High School Diploma form Nazareth Academy. After she finished her general qualification for university entrance 1955 in Bad Salzuflen, she studied Roman language and art history at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. In 1958 she married Horst Ochse (1927-2014). In 1973 the family moved to West Berlin and lived in Berlin-Steglitz. In 1975 she began to educate herself as a photographer. In 1976 she became a guest student of the »Werkstatt für Fotografie founded by the Photographer Michael Schmidt. Later she attended several photo workshops given by Lewis Baltz, John Gossage and Larry Fink and the German photographer André Gelpke. From 1978 she taught photography at the Landesbildstelle and teacher training college in Berlin. From 1981 she began working as freelancer in Berlin. In 1995 Ochse was diagnosed with leukaemia and died in July 1997 in Berlin. Her extensive photographic work remained undiscovered for a long time after her death, even though parts of her oeuvre were already in the collection of the Berlin Gallery, the University of Parma photography Center as well as in private collections. In 2016 Thomas Weski and Felix Hoffmann presented her works in the photo gallery C/O Berlin

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