Originally from Berlin, Felicitas Timpe (1923 – 2006) came to Munich for the first time from 1940 to 1942 to study history of art, literature and dramatics. After the end of the war, she trained to become a photographer in Berlin. From 1950 to 2002, she was active as a freelance photo journalist in Munich.
She predominantly documented the scholarly, cultural and public life of the city of Munich in her images. The collection contains images from the fields of classical music, light music, jazz and rock music, writers, scholars, artists, actors and directors, as well as cabaret, opera, theatre and television (Munich studios of the broadcasters ARD and ZDF).
The archive comprises 1.3 million negatives, 195,000 slides and over 140,000 prints in black and white and in colour from the years 1950 to 2002. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek acquired the archive from the photographer in the years 1989 to 2003, partly with the support of the German Research Foundation.
The cataloguing and digitization are still in their early stages.
Horn, Reinhard (ed.): Von Armstrong bis Zappa: in Bildern von Foto Felicitas Timpe: Ausstellung München 28.01.1997 – 31.01.1998. Starnberg, 1997.