The stern Photo Archive is composed of around 15 million photographs from the years 1948 to 2001 in the form of prints, negatives and slides. It includes images of:
- Persons (politicians, celebrities)
- Countries worldwide (political events, reports, etc.)
- Various subject fields (e.g. film and television, jurisdiction and crime, culture and photography, medicine, sports, disasters, traffic, economy)
Those images where the associated rights have already been clarified will be made accessible in an extra database as of 2022.
So far, only a small fraction could be digitized and made searchable online via the OPAC of the Image Archive.