Photography

Berlin through the viewfinder

Heinrich Zille, Ohne Titel (Heinrich Zille im Kreis unbekannter männlicher Badender), 1901
Heinrich Zille, Ohne Titel (Heinrich Zille im Kreis unbekannter männlicher Badender), 1901
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With some 83,000 photographs, the Berlinische Galerie boasts one of Germany’s leading photography collections. Portraits, architectural views and urban photography are the principal themes, but commercial and fashion photography, photojournalism, photomontage, photograms and conceptual photography are all part of the picture. Our collection reflects the evolution of photography as an art form – and the history of the medium in Berlin.

In its early days, photography served above all to document rapid urban growth, but in the 1920s Berlin became a hotspot for the avant-garde camera. Exceptional contributions continued after 1945: from the 1970s, for instance, exponents of auteur photography turned a radically subjective gaze upon the city and its people. One distinctive hallmark of our collection is its fine art photography from the GDR, where a vibrant, creative scene emerged despite the imposition of political criteria and reprisals against those who broke the rules. We observe the development of contemporary photographers in Berlin and support them by means of extensive purchases.

Highlights in the collection

Emphases in the photographic collection

Leopold Ahrendts, Hugo Erfurth, Max Panckow, Nicola Perscheid, Hermann Rückwardt, F. Albert Schwartz, Heinrich Zille

 

Marta Astfalk-Vietz, Erwin Blumenfeld, Steffi Brandl, Marianne Breslauer, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Raoul Hausmann, Lotte Jacobi, Edmund Kesting, El Lissitzky, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Alexander Rodtschenko, August Sander, Sasha Stone, Umbo, Yva

 

Marianne Brandt, Paul Citroen, Albert Henning, Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, Walter A. Peterhans, Hajo Rose, Grete Stern, Elsa Thiemann

 

Max Baur, Fritz Brill, Fritz Eschen, Gebr. Haeckel, Emil Leitner, Max Missmann, Ina Muster-Schatzmann, Osram-Photodienst, Friedrich Seidenstücker, Kurt-Karl Schultz, Sasha Stone, Paul Weber

 

Felix H. Man, Martin Munkacsi, Erich Salomon

 

From the picture archives of the magazine “Volk und Welt” (Erich Bieber, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ruth Hallensleben, Heinrich Hoffmann, Max Krajewsky, Erna Lendvai-Dircksen, Linkhorst, Heinz von Perkhammer, Erich Retzlaff, Hans Retzlaff, August Rumbucher jr., Wolf Strache and Liselotte Strelow)

 

Georgij Petrussow, Iwan Schagin

 

Ursula Arnold, Klaus Eschen, Arno Fischer, Gerhard Gronefeld, Herbert Hensky, Gerhard Kiesling, Fritz Kühn, Henry Ries, Horst Sturm, Herbert Tobias, Kurt Wendlandt

 

Dieter Appelt, Sibylle Bergemann, Christian Borchert, Manfred Hamm, Bernd Heyden, Anne Jud, Thomas Leuner, Hans W. Mende, Barbara Metselaar Berthold, Floris M. Neusüss, Gabriele und Helmut Nothhelfer, Helga Paris, Michael Schmidt, Gundula Schulze Eldowy, Maria Sewcz, Uwe Steinberg, Ulrich Wüst

 

Bernd und Ute Eickemeyer, André Kirchner, Karl-Ludwig Lange, Hans W. Mende, Ulrich Wüst

 

Max Baumann, Kristleifur Björnsson, Thomas Demand, Nina Fischer und Maroan El Sani, Thomas Florschuetz, Beate Gütschow, Verena Jaekel, Veronika Kellndorfer, Rémy Markowitsch, Arwed Messmer, Boris Mikhailov, Jean-Luc Moulène, Heidi Specker, Stephen Wilks, Frank Thiel, Tobias Zielony

 

Important artists

Sasha
Stone

1895 - 1940

Albert
Renger-Patzsch

1897 - 1966

Max
Panckow

Heinrich
Zille

1858 - 1929

Erich
Salomon

1886 - 1944

Marta
Astfalck-Vietz

1901 - 1994

Umbo

1902 - 1980

Herbert
Tobias

1924 - 1982

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Contact

Ulrich Domröse

Head of the Photography Collection
Phone +49 030-789 02-842
domroese@berlinischegalerie.de

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