"my work is never accidental, even if it sometimes looks like a ‘blow up’ ”
Lothar Wolleh was born in Berlin on 20 January 1930. He spent his youth in Germany which had been in war and Nazism. He was arrested by Russian for suspicion of spying and condemned 15 years forced labor. In 1950, he spent his days in a Soviet Labour camp in Siberia. In 1956 German Chancellor Adenauer secured the released of Wolleh.
in 1956, Wolleh took a continuation school for photography, design and fashion in Lette-Verein, Berlin. In 1958, Wolleh visited Swedish Island of Gotland as a recovery program of the World Council of Churches for war-disabled youth. This program made a motivation for his lifelong strong affinity towards Sweden's culture.
From 1959 to 1961, Wolleh studied at the Folkwangschule für Gestaltung in Essen. He started to be a freelance photographer. He became succes in advertising (Deutsche Bundesbahn or Volkswagen). In 1965, he photographed the Second Vatican Council in Rome which a year later the book is published.
Wolner also a friend of German painter Günther Uecker which gave him a bridge to pretty hundreds international painter including Rene Magritte, Man Ray, Konrad Kalpheck and many more. He used a square format for his photograph.