Irmgard Gehring and Arthur Wilke, 1926

JUNE 1926 – Irmgard Marie Gehring and Arthur Reinhard Heinrich Wilhelm Wilke pose for the photographer during their wedding in Schönwalde am Bungsberg in Germany. © Mark Zanzig/ Jörk

The story behind the image

This is Irmgard Gehring, the sister of my grandmother, and her husband, Arthur Wilke, on their wedding day in 1926. They got married in Schönwalde am Bungsberg, a small village in Ostholstein. Irmgard and her sister grew up there, and her sister got married there almost exactly three years before.

As a wedding photographer, I think it is amazing that there’s just this single photo from the wedding. Today, you can easily shoot up to two thousand photos at a wedding (on a full-day booking.) Back in the old days, it was probably just this single shot and a couple more to be on the safe side. The newlyweds could then pick the one they liked best which got printed for family and friends. For this purpose, the photo print had convenient postcard markings on the back.

Unchanged, however, remains the pride and excitement of one of the most important acts in a life. Just look at their faces and posture. They did not know what the future would bring. Today we know: two children and several grand children, a difficult world war, and prosperous post-war times.

Well done, Irmgard and Arthur!

The high resolution image

Capture Date10-JUN-1926
PhotographerE. Jörk, Eutin
LocationSchönwalde am Bungsberg, Germany
Image Source9 x 13 cm print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4151 x 6414 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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