The photographic archive of the former East Berlin Urban Administration for Urban Development, Housing and Transport comprises circa 50,000 black and white contact photographs from original negatives. Organised according to city districts, building assignments and themes, the history of building during that period has been captured in this collection. Today it is regarded as the most comprehensive remaining document of the architectural and urban development of East Berlin, as in most cases the original designs (models, drawings) have been lost or were destroyed. The leading photographers in this archive are Fritz Tiedemann (1915-2001) and Gisela Dutschmann (born 1933).
In the years 2003-2005, the Getty Foundation Los Angeles funded an opportunity to study and register the East Berlin Photo Archive. The publication “Ost-Berlin und seine Bauten. Fotografien 1945-1990” documents a selection of those research findings.
The exhibition and publication “So weit kein Auge reicht. Berliner Panoramafotografien aus den Jahren 1949-1952” were also realised on the basis of this archive in 2008.