Peter Leibing

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Peter Leibing
Peter Leibing

DiedNovember 2, 2008
Known forPhotograph of Konrad Schumann jumping over the Berlin Wall

Peter Leibing (1941 – November 2, 2008) was a German photographer known for his 1961 photographs of escaping East German border guard, Konrad Schumann jumping a barbed wire fence during construction of the Berlin Wall.

Leibing's famous photograph of Konrad Schumann jumping a barbed wire fence during construction of the Berlin Wall.

Leibing was born in Hamburg in 1941.[1] On 15 August 1961 Leibing, working for the Hamburg picture agency Contiepress, had been tipped by police that an East German border guard might escape the Berlin Wall, then in its third day of construction.[2] At that stage of construction, the Berlin Wall was only a low barbed-wire fence. As people on the Western side shouted Komm rüber! ("come over"), Leibing captured a photograph of Schumann jumping a barbed wire fence and making his escape. The photo became a well-known image of the Cold War and won the Overseas Press Club Best Photograph award for 1961.[3]

Leibing continued to work as a photographer, later as photo editor until retirement, both as a police photographer and reporter for the Hamburger Echo, the Hamburger Morgenpost, and Hamburger Abendblatt.[1]

Leibing died on November 2, 2008. His widow, Ruth Leibing, holds the rights to his famous photograph of the escaping East German border guard.


  1. ^ a b Schwarz, Moritz (2001-08-10). "Der Fotograf Peter Leibing über die spektakuläre Flucht des DDR-Grenzers Conrad Schumann und das Foto seines Lebens" (in German). Junge Freiheit. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
  2. ^ Perkes, Dan; Hal Buell; Norm Goldstein (1984). Moments in Time: 50 Years of Associated Press News Photos. The Associated Press. p. 56. ISBN 0-917360-07-9.
  3. ^ "OPC Awards, 1961 Award Winners". Overseas Press Club. 1961. Archived from the original on 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2007-01-12.

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