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The archives of the German Maritime Museum (Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum) in Bremerhaven include historical photo collections from all over the world. More...

Archive des Deutschen Schiffahrtsmuseums

Early Photopraphy

The collections of works of the earliest photographers were compiled by the Société Française de la Photographie, that was founded as early as 1854. They include mainly autochromes, whose unconventional shades of colour have a particular appeal. Typical motifs of the time are women's portraits, nudes, and landscapes.

Collections of works of the earliest photographers

Personalities in history

Inventors and discoverers, painters and sculptors, writers and poets, emperors and queens, the European nobility of past and present, eminent politicians throughout the centuries, compiled by private collectors and a score of regional and national museums, organized in the database so as to be easily found.

Historical Events

Comprehensive collections on contemporary history, drawings and pictures of the armed conflicts from past centuries, especially pictures of the 2 World Wars.

But also social history: the documents of Europe's major social movements attest to the vitality of sociocultural history of the Old World.

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A Few Collections

Photo Collections: Paintings, Scultures, Prints and Photos

Paintings, Scultures, Prints and Photos

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and prominent Russian collections from Moscow and St. Petersburg contain numerous treasures. Photos of many of these can be found in the culture-images database.

From France

The Louvre Museum in Paris, the Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie and the Musée Carnavalet in Paris, the Musée Jules Verne and the Musée de Cluny - just to name a few - are represented with portfolios in the photo collection "French Paintings". The collection "images of culture" includes portraits of personalities from all periods as well as pictures of significant, historical events.

From Spain

A collection of Spanish paintings that until now has been rarely seen in Germany hosts works by El Greco, Velazquez, Tapies, Miró and Picasso.

Besides many regional institutions, the participating museums include the Prado in Madrid, the Spanish National Library, the Museum of Fine Arts in Sevilla, the museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao, the national Museo de Arte de Catalunya and the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. To go to the pictures


Among the historical documents, that are always appropriate for contemporary citation, you will find idiosyncratic subjects like food ration cards, milk cards and cards for alcohol and cigarettes. The ration cards are tiered by persons’ age and date from the 1920s, the 1930s global economic Depression as well as from World War II and the years after this war.

The collection of the photographer Carl Simon from the 1930s is a compilation from slide shows that the photographer presented to invited audiences. These shows convey entire stories made up as reports of travels in far-away lands, and educational introductions to German institutions like the Kolpinghaus with its sport program or to German landscapes and cities. Until the invention of television, for their audiences these slide shows were their gateway to the world.

From Russia

10.000 images of pieces of art from museums and collections in Russia, from the Erimitage in St. Petersburg to the Gallery in Vladivostok. The collection comprises numerous works of Modernism, such as the paintings of Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Vassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Kazimir Malevich, Pablo Picasso, Franz Marc, Natalia Goncharova, Henri Matisse and many others.
Another archive of the collection contains photos of famous Russian personalities such as Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov as well as a broad choice of Soviet propaganda posters.