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About us

Dear photography enthusiasts,


More than a whole century of company history lies behind us. Nonetheless, we are only right at the beginning, and consider ourselves a young company in a market shaped by digital technology.


Tradition and modernity - are they still compatible today?

Our unanimous view is yes.

Even though one or two of you might not have been customers of ours for very long, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your trust and your loyalty.


Whether conventional or digital technology concerning picture and film - we are always good for snapshot. And you can always rely on our expert advice.


Your family Erhardt



Our Team in Westerkappeln :


The history of the Foto Erhardt company from 1903 until today :

June 1903
Gotthilf Erhardt founded a photography and chemist shop in Brandenburg/Havel.

Gotthilf was himself an enthusiastic amateur photographer and tried to get his customers enthusiastic about his hobby.

Together with his son Ottomar, the first specialist photography shop came from the photography and chemist shop with its own laboratory in Brandenburg.

After the end of the war, and after imprisonment, Ottomar Erhardt moved to Osnabrück and a new building emerged with retail trade, wholesale trade, and industry sales.

Ottomar was supported by Mr Horst Späthe, who had already joined the Foto Erhardt company in Brandenburg in 1938 as an apprentice.

Office premises with a shop, warehouse, and administration emerged in Möserstrasse in Osnabrück.

Opening of the first branch in Krahnstrasse in Osnabrück

New generation - daughter Lilo and both sons Wolfgang and Norbert took over the management of the Foto Erhardt company.

The third son Dieter built his own career with photograph shops in Switzerland.

Over the years, additional branches in Vechta, Cloppenburg, Münster, and Hildesheim are opened.

The Foto Erhardt company now has 18 branches.

Now also in Brandenburg again, where it all began in 1903.

The Erhardt siblings establish the photography wholesaler Osna-Foto in Magdeburg.

Osna-Foto supplies chemists, photographers, authorities, and industry.

Because the head office in Möserstrasse is bursting at the seams by now, a new head office with high storage is built in Gartenkamp 101 in Westerkappeln.

1999 goes online.

On 30 March the homepage ( is unveiled with extensive information on photography issues and an integrated online shop on the Internet.

Foto Erhardt takes over three Photo Porst branches.

Foto Erhardt celebrates a 100 years of existence.

Opening of the Ahaus branch.

first annual in-house exhibition in Westerkappeln: FOTOFACHTAGE 2009.

after 10 years on the Internet there follows a bigger relaunch of our online shop, smarter, quicker, bigger.

first annual FOTO ERHARDT trainee day 2011.

Renovation of the Vechta branch.

Renovation of the Ibbenbüren branch.

5 year FOTOFACHTAGE, North Germany’s biggest in-house exhibition.

111 years existence for the Foto Erhardt company.


Opening of the Dülmen branch.

New generation - Anabel, Birthe, and Christian Erhardt take over the management of the Foto Erhardt company.

Relaunch of the online presence with responsive design and even more products and information about photography and the associated services.