MURNAU camp Films
Trademark of the film : Voigtlander
Except for the 1st photo, the #3, which seems taken from the 1st floor towards the courtyard, for all the other photos the photographer was at ground level.
On the #8 we can see a keeper coming downstairs from a watch tower, with a gun on his shoulder. From the #14 to the #18 after the German soldiers have been briefed by an officer, they are getting ready to surrender. They leave their arms and pile them. Then they arrange themselves in 3 ranks. On the #16 we can see the white flag, behind the right part of the main gate (corresponding to the situation of the soldier who is holding the white flag on the photo #18, film 5). On the #17, the Germans are yet waiting for the Americans. On the next one, the #18, the soldiers have broken their ranks inexplicably. Chronologically this is only on the #24 that we can see the German soldiers holding their hands up (because the American soldiers have arrived). On the #19 there is a US photographer with a large format camera and binoculars on his chest, coming into the camp. A soldier and an armored vehicle can be seen behind him. He could be the american photographer Lt. Edward C. Newell who took this photo. As the photo #19 is not sharp I tried to improve and to crop it .
TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS ?
If we try to understand which is the first one, between roll film 5 and roll film 6, it's quite impossible. Why ? Because the events recorded on each film take place simultaneously. They are recorded from two different points of view, up in a building looking onto the main road for the film 5 and down at ground level with the gate of camp in the frame for the film 6. The only one possible hypothesis is that there were two photographers. Each one has been taking photos continuously for maybe half an hour or one hour but at the same time ! Two men, two cameras, two roll films ... This could be the only one explanation.
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