Hans Groenhoff Photo Collection
Hans Herman Hugo Ernest Wilhelm Von Groenhoff (1906-1985)
was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1927. His career
began when he inherited photographic equipment from his brother Gunther, a famous
German aviator and pioneer glider pilot. Hans Groenhoff's interest in clouds
and other seemingly irrelevant objects that surrounded the main subject of his pictures earned him the reputation as
an unorthodox but extremely talented aviation photographer. Groenhoff photographed
the airshows of the 1930's and 1940's, capturing such showman as Al
Williams in his Grumman G-22 Gulfhawk II and Tony
Le Vier and Bessie Owens. The essence of these races and their patriotic
flair have been preserved by Groenhoff. His brother's accomplishments with gliders
led Groenhoff to shoot amazing air-to-air glider photos.
Much of his later work was taken in Florida and the Bahamas
while he was working for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
Several samples of the many Groenhoff images follow.
(Rev 5/03/96) Kristine Kaske