Photo archive of Max Prugger

Short biography and photo archive

Max Prugger in his plane | © BSB/Image Archive
Max Prugger in his plane | © BSB/Image Archive

The photographer and accountant Max Prugger (1918 – 2003) documented the construction and land-development history of Munich, Bavaria and partly also of Austria since 1940 by taking images from towers and aerial photographs. In addition to photographs from the time during and immediately after the war, the collection also includes panorama images of the Alps, contract work for companies and numerous documentary images of the construction works in preparation of the Olympic Games of 1972.


The collection comprises around 80,000 negatives, prints and slides and is a unique collection with respect to materials from and about Bavaria. It was acquired by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in 2019.


Its cataloguing and digitization are still in their early stages.


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Conditions of use of the Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek


Fowler, Alisa: Ein Münchner am Himmel: das Fotoarchiv Max Prugger in der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek. In: Bibliotheksmagazin (2021) 2, p. 12-20.

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