The 82-year-old art historian completed his Ph.D. in color photography in 1956. He spent over three decades traveling around Latin America, and between 1964 and 1998 he systematically documented religious buildings. Noack is one of the first German researchers who departed from Eurocentrism in art history and concentrated his studies on Latin America. Experts hold the extensive photo documentation in high regard not only because of the high quality of the color photography, but also because Noack's slides are the last photographs taken of a number of the buildings and thus have great historical significance. Some of the churches have been damaged by environmental influences in recent decades. In others, the interiors have been changed by modernizations made to the church buildings.
The digitization project is being sponsored by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.
Additional information may be obtained from:
Dr. Margit Kern, Art History Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Telephone: +49 (0)30 838 53806,