London, Mar 27 : Adolf Hitler was one of the most photographed people in history, and now the memoirs of Heinrich Hoffman, the man who took most of his official pictures are to be published.
Hoffman photographed most of Hitler's pictures during the 12-year period of the Third Reich, showing him as an orator, a private man, with children, in colour etc.
He even snapped one child-like pose that showed the Fuhrer sitting on a curved wooden sled.
Hoffmann also profited from being Hitler's favourite snapper, making a small fortune, only to lose it to the Allies.
He died in poverty in 1957, but before that gave a series of interviews to Joe Heydecker, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto and a fellow photographer.
In these he tells how he first met Hitler in 1929 and was one of few in the Nazi circle who knew of the Fuhrer's relationship with Eva Braun.
Heydecker, who died in 1997, in turn gave instructions to his publisher that the interviews were not to be published until now.
The interviews now appear in a book titled 'The Hitler Picture' published by German firm Residenz.
"The image of Hitler that emerges in these talks with Heydecker is not only very personal; it is, in fact, almost depoliticised, giving it a certain grotesque quality," the Scotsman quoted a spokesman for the firm, as saying.
The book, which hits stands in German, will be translated into English later this year.