(Frankfurt am Main 1834 – Naples 1914)
He approached photography as a young man and trained with the Andreas and Sons studio in Frankfurt in 1853. Afterwards, serious economic and family situations led him to become a professional photographer. In 1857, he moved to Italy, at first in Rome and then, definitively, in Naples, where he got married and spent the rest of his life, leaving the city only for some photo shoots across Italy. He took above all views and documented artworks he distributed in various formats, including stereoscope and cartes de visite. Around 1860 he was a partner in business (Sommer & Behles) with Edmondo Behles (1841–1921), who owned an atelier in Rome. In 1889, he filed the studio’s new name, Ditta Giorgio Sommer e Figlio, and one year later he opened another one in Palermo.