Thorsch, Benno Bernhard 1a

Birth Name Thorsch, Benno Bernhard
Gender male
Age at Death 105 years, 8 months, 1 day


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1898    
Death 2003-09-02    


Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Thorsch, Julius
Mother Fein, Anna
         Thorsch, Benno Bernhard
    Brother     Thorsch, Eduard
    Brother     Thorsch, Julius Leo


    Family of Thorsch, Benno Bernhard and Hartmann, Gertrud
Married Wife Hartmann, Gertrud
  1. Thorsch, Bernward R.
    Family of Thorsch, Benno Bernhard and Mayer, Edith
Married Wife Mayer, Edith



Avid photographer who loved traveling ahd hiking.

Benno co-owned and ran the Guthe and Thorsch factory in Dresden, Germany. This was the Kamera-Werkstatten Guthe & Thorsch (Dresden Camera Works) also abbreviated as K.W. The company was established in 1919 by Paul Guthe and Benno Thorsch. Notable cameras produced included the 3x4 TLR Pilot Reflex (1931), which by 1935 evolved into the 6x6 120 film SLR Pilot 6 and the Pilot Super (1938). Benno immigrated to Detroit with his family in 1938 to avoid the approaching war. He sold the KW company in exchange for Charles A. Nobel's Detroit Photographic business.

Benno lived in a retirement home in Laguna Woods, California, reaching the age of 105 before passing away on Sept 2, 2003.





Type Value Notes Sources
Occupation camera manufacturer


  1. Thorsch, Julius
    1. Fein, Anna
      1. Thorsch, Eduard
      2. Thorsch, Benno Bernhard
        1. Hartmann, Gertrud
          1. Thorsch, Bernward R.
        2. Mayer, Edith
      3. Thorsch, Julius Leo


Source References

  1. Rene Thorsch: Rene Thorsch
      • Date: 2012