Bilder, Bilder, Bilder – Die Fotoarchive der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek | © BSB/Bildarchiv

Images, images, images. The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

The presentation "Images, images, images" was arranged on the occasion of the annual conference of the image archives of the Land media centres and of the public sector, which took place from 26 to 28 April 2017 at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. It shows a small selection from the various photographic archives of the library.

For the most part, they contain photographs, but also representations in original-graphic techniques such as xylographs, copper engravings and lithographies form part of this collection, which comprises over two million images today. It includes portraits, views of buildings, locations and landscapes, photographs of historical events and on ethnography. The focus is on Bavaria, but individual parts of the collection also reach clearly beyond. This is applicable particularly to photographs from the time of the Weimar Republic, the 3rd Reich, the Second World War and the post-war period.

The main attention is always on the documentary character of the images.

Virtual exhibition
Images, images, images – The photographic archives of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek


The already catalogued and digitized images can be searched in the Image Archive.

Further information about the photographic archives


Picture credits header image:
Queue in front of the Städtische Sparkasse savings bank in Munich on 21 June 1948, the first day following the currency reform | © BSB/ Image Archive