1879 - 1943/45
The cinematographer Willibald Gaebel began his professional life as a photographer before he joined the company of Oskar Messter in 1908 where he got in touch with the film business. Among others he was working for the first movies of the later famous movie star Henny Porten.
To his first movies as a cinematographer belong "Mütter, verzaget nicht" (11), "Der Müller und sein Kind" (11) und "Im Glück vergessen" (11).
It followed a longer interruption in the film business which was extended by the rise of World War I. During the war he was active in his former occupation as a photographer for the air force.
After the war he returned to the film business and he was a cinematographer for numerous other silent movies in the next years.
To these productions belong "Die lebende Tote" (19), "Irrungen" (19), "Rose Bernd" (19), "Monika Vogelsang" (20), "Die Tarantel" (20), "Die Dame in Schwarz" (20), "Die Perle des Orients" (21), "Der böse Geist" (22), "Colibri" (24), "Mutter und Kind" (24), "Niniche" (25), "Fedora" (26) and "Gewitter über Gottland" (27).
Afterwards he was no longer able to take hold in the film business and he worked again as a photographer.
The exact year of death is not know because of the chaos of war of World War II but it is assumed that he died latest in 1945.
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