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Cecilia Bartoli | Image source: Bavarian State Library, Munich / Picture archive Bildarchiv (Picture archive)
The database of the picture archive contains about 140.000 pictures, among them more than 20,000 portraits of scholars, musicians, writers, actors and regents from the 16th to the 20th century, as well as views of cities and important buildings (predominantly in Bavaria) in highly diverse graphic techniques.
In detail:
  • The photographic archive of Heinrich Hoffmann (1885-1957):
    History of the national-socialist party in the Weimar republic; Third Reich; first years of the post-war period.
  • Photographic archive of Georg Fruhstorfer (1915-2003):
    War damages and reconstruction in Munich as of 1946, besides buildings also scenes from everyday life, home stories of celebrities up to 2003.
  • The photographic archive of Helmut Silchmüller (1906-1980):
    Journeys and mountain hiking trips in Germany, Austria and Italy around 1950/60; photographs of Munich before and after the Second World War.
  • The photographic archive of the architect Tino Walz (1913-2008):
    Destruction and reconstruction of the Munich Residence from 1943 to 1949.
  • The photographic archive of Bernhard Johannes (1848-1899) and his successors:
    People, buildings, places and landscapes in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Werdenfelser Land region and Tirol of the time from 1870 to up to the 1990s.
  • The photographic archive of Felicitas Timpe (1923-2006):
    Academic, cultural and public life in Munich in the years 1952-2002, i.a. the areas of: classical music; jazz, light music and rock music; writers; scholars; artists; actors; directors; as well as recordings from the Munich TV studios of the ARD and ZDF channels. The cataloguing and digitisation of this collection are still in their early stages.
  • The photographic archive of Gerhard E. Habermann (1911-1982):
    Social and cultural life in Munich in the 1960s and 1970s; image material on historic events.
Moreover, the picture archive offers historical photographs of ethnographic origin, in particular from the personal papers or collections of the brothers Schlagintweit, by Henri L. Palli, Franz P. Pruner, Carl Philipp Hentze and Otto Henrik Schütt.
Use of the Picture Archive
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All images are also available in optimum quality and can be supplied for publication purposes.