Hermann Clemens Kosel (1867–1945)

Hermann Clemens Kosel, pseudonym Armin Clementi, (born November 22, 1867 in Dunkelthal, Trautenau district, Austria-Hungary; died September 14, 1945 in Vienna) was an Austrian writer, painter, graphic artist and photographer.

Kosel attended the Graphic Arts Teaching and Research Institute in Vienna from 1889 to 1891. He began his photography career between 1891 and 1905 as studio manager for the amateur photographer Albert von Rothschild and gave lessons in photographic techniques to wealthy amateurs. In 1905 he opened a gum printing business and propagated this process for the Austrian manufacturer Langer. In his portrait studio, which opened in 1906, there were at times 23 employees. Kosel gained a well-off Viennese clientele and became a successful court photographer in 1911. From 1905 to 1909 he was editor of the magazine "Photo-Sport."

Since his son Hermann Kosel had to flee from the National Socialists after the annexation of Austria in 1938, he closed the studio in 1940 and sold the inventory.

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