(Fraibergsdorf 1809 – Munich 1890)
After studying to become a painter in Dresden, in 1830 he moved to Munich, where together with his brother-in-law Franz Hanfstaengl he trained as a photographer under the supervision of the Bavarian Alois Löcherer. In 1857, he was working in Verona, where he owned one of the most important photo businesses of the city. He also took portraits and art reproductions as well as a series of entomological photographs for the naturalist scientist Abramo Massalongo, collected in 1859 in a photo essay on some materials and fossil plants in the Agro Veronese. Mention must also be made of the splendid views of the city of Verona and its surroundings, like the Vues photographiques du Tyrol Meridional which earned him a bronze medal at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1867, as well as an important documentation on the military architecture of the Austrian fortifications in Peschiera, Pastrengo, Rivoli, and Verona. When Lotze returned to Germany in 1868 his business was continued by his sons Emil and Richard and their archive was later bought by Domenico Anderson.