Knud Gottlieb Stockel was born to Johan Christian and Margrethe Hansen Stockel in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 16, 1839. He likely served as an apprentice before actively pursuing his own career as a photographer, first in Copenhagen at a studio located on 56 East Street in 1861. After about two years, Mr. Stockel was reportedly operating out of the municipalities of Skaelskor and Skive before permanently settling in Ronne, which is the largest town on the island of Bornholm. By December of 1864, he occupied a studio dubbed "G. Stockel" in the building owned and occupied by a master tailor named Mortensen. The following year, Mr. Stockel married Henriette Nicoline Lintrup. He and his bride lived frugally within the cramped confines of the studio.
Mr. Stockel began as a portraitist, but the breathtaking landscape of Ronne did not escape his viewfinder. In 1872, he documented the region's devastation after a catastrophic flood. Meanwhile, his award-winning works were being exhibited throughout Europe, first in Naples in 1870, Amsterdam in 1877, Ronne in 1881, and Nexo (a town on Bornholm's eastern coast) in 1885. In addition to his impressive medal collection, he also achieved the distinction of being regarded at the time as the "world's third best photographer" during the Naples exhibition. He is believed to be the first Danish photographer to utilize skylight photography for his portraits. Sadly, shortly after he purchased a building to open his own gallery, Mr. Stockel became extremely ill, likely due to the inhalation of harsh photographic chemicals (which claimed the lives of many nineteenth-century photographers). His assistant, Theodor Yhr, began assuming more of the studio's daily operations.
Shortly after returning to Copenhagen to open another studio (at Vesterbrogade 56), tragedy struck when Mrs. Stockel died after a lingering illness. Her husband joined her three months later, when he passed away on January 13, 1889. Mr. Stockel's assistant, Theodor Yhr, officially took over the business shortly thereafter, and achieved commercial and artistic success in his own right. The photographs of Gottlieb Stockel remain a Danish national treasure, and several of his glass plate negatives can be found at the Bornholm Museum. One of Mr. Stockel's landscapes was featured on the cover of a 2000 translation of Beowulf.
2017 Bornholmske fotografer (URL: http://www.bornholmskefotografer.dk).
2014 G. Stöckel by Philip Holm Kofoed (URL: http://www.bornholmphoto.dk/photographers/gstockel/index.asp).
2015 Rønne Byarkiv (URL: http://www.roennebyarkiv.com/1868-album-grete-sonne.html).
2017 Rønnes Professionals (and Skilled Amateur) Photographers 1864-2000 (URL: http://www.roennebyarkiv.com/fotografer.html).
2017 Skylight Studio (URL: http://kadenca.tumblr.com/F).
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