Hans Schneeberger

Hans Schneeberger (born 7 June 1895 in Brandenberg, Tyrol, † November 19, 1970 in Salzburg ) was an Austrian cameraman and with Sepp Allgeier, Albert Benitz, Walter Riml and Richard fear, the so-called Freiburg School, pioneer cameraman of the mountain and sports film.


He was a Tyrolean Kaiserjäger participants in World War I and was honored for his outstanding achievements in the rock of Tofana where the Austrians against the Italians fought with the great Golden Medal for Bravery, which even Emperor Franz Joseph I handed him personally. Also, he was a second time awarded the golden medal for bravery and that of his great performances at the frightening stone, also during the fighting against the Italians. This golden medal for bravery was awarded twice only to a very few veterans. The second ceremony was only symbolic and the medal was only awarded in the form of a written award. Hans Schneeberger then exchanged the second Golden, which he received just only in symbolic form in the large Silver Medal for Bravery.

Hans Schneeberger was orphaned as a small child, but has so far supported by his father's former employer, when he was able to attend primary school and junior high school.

He studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich and worked as a ski instructor and mountain guide in order to be able to finance his studies. Through these activities, he came into contact with film people, 1922, he received a small acting role in The Miracle of the snowshoe. After that, he was trained by Arnold Fanck to the camera and made ​​his debut in 1923 as co- director of photography at The Mountain of Destiny.

Significance was Schneeberger in the following ten years as a cameraman by Arnold Fanck, whose films he scenographic and photographed almost all, as well as employees and temporary life companion of Leni Riefenstahl. In her directorial debut, The Blue Light (1932 ) he took over the camera work. Schneeberger henceforth worked in over 120 films from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and England ( Alexander Korda ) with. When shooting outdoors his achievement was not to let nature merely incorporated purely documentary but as a tension member in the film. Here he became one of the most important representatives of the impressionist style camera in the German film. In studio recordings, in turn, he knew exploit the best possible lighting effects.

His best performances he provided in The Holy Mountain (1925/1926), The White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929/1935), rivals the air ( 1934) and the miracle of flight (1935 ). After 1933, his works were, however, only rarely in demand as a mountain cameraman and he only served mostly in filmed entertainment. Outstanding after 1933 was his work on Gustav Ucicky film adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's novella The postmaster. Hans Schneeberger was buried in New Anif.