The view from Germany

A story from behind the camera

January 12, 2010
By Uli Hesse
Almost exactly 30 years ago, in January 1980, a man known by two names died at only 38 years of age. There were many facets to his unusual life, and so he's remembered for many things, depending on who you ask. The world of sports, however, primarily remembers him for having taken Germany's most famous football photo of all time. In fact, the photo is so famous that it became the focus of a heated but fairly pointless quarrel in the late 1990s, thirty years after it had been made. Which, in its ...

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