After World War II, he began his career with reportage, landscape and sailing photography in his hometown Kiel. From the mid fifties, he specialized in color photography as one of the first color photographers in Germany. In 1960 he became known to a larger public through the special exhibition Magie der Farbe (Magic of Color) during the Photokina in Cologne. His best known work is a 1961 collection of color photographs of Paris.
Farbiges Paris. Düsseldorf: Econ, 1961. With text by Jacques Prévert. (German)
Couleur de Paris. Lausanne: Edita, 1961. (French)
Paris in Colour. London: Thames & Hudson, 1962. (English)
Paris i färg. Stockholm: Nordisk Rotogravyr, 1962. (Swedish)
Magie der Farbenphotographie. Düsseldorf: Econ, 1961. (German)
Magie de la photo en Couleur". Edita, Lausanne 1961 (french)
Magic with the color camera". Thames & Hudson, London 1962 (english)
Köln farbig photographiert. Cologne: Verkehrsamt der Stadt Köln (tourist office of Cologne), 1965. Photographs by Cornelius, Horst Baumann and Chargesheimer. Text in German, English, French, Portuguese, and Dutch.
Farbenfrohes Kiel. Kiel: Mühlau, 1962. (German)
Farbiges Kiel. Kiel Presseamt (public relations office of Kiel), 1967. (German)
Olympia der Segler. Bielefeld: Delius Klasing, 1972. (German)
"Faszination" sailing calendar, Bielefeld: Delius Klasing, 1967–1971.