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The Digital Picture Archives of the Federal Archives


Please note that the Digital Picture Archive will be unavailable on 28 October from 10 am to 11 am. After 11 am you will find the Digital Picture Archive online again in a complete technical and optical revision!


The Federal Archives keeps approx. 11 million still pictures, aerial photographs and posters from modern German history. First photographs date from the 1860ties. Most pictures show events and/or persons, in particular from the

  • Weimar Republic (1919-1933; among others Group "Bild 102 Aktuelle-Bilder-Centrale, Georg Pahl")
  • Nazi Reich (1933-1945; especially war pictures taken by propaganda companies of the German army (Wehrmacht, Group "Bild 101")
  • GDR (1945/49-1990; among others pictures of the central press agency (Group "Bild 183 Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst ADN - Zentralbild") and "everyday photography" ("Bild 226 Nachlass Hans Martin Sewcz", "N 1648 Bild Sammlung Beier")
  • Federal Republic of Germany (from 1945/49 onwards; among others Group "B 145 Bild Federal Press and Information Office")

As of now, about 245,000 pictures representing the variety of available images in the Federal Archives (Bundesarchiv) are kept in the database. Since November 2008 also photos of the Federal Press and Information Office (Bundespresseamt) are integrated in this databae.

You can find these pictures by full-text retrieval, advanced search or research by subject, person or locality (= search by topic).


More information about

Terms of use
[Download: form "request for use" (pdf-file) or download as jpg-file.]
Costs / Fees
[Download: Federal Archives Cost Regulations (only available in german language! "price list"; pdf-file)]


Terms of use of the database

You may use the data base without registration. Any download of reproducible pictures without water-mark is possible for registered researchers at their cost.
» Registration / Login

We don't send pictures by e-mail! Please register in our database!

Indications for the registration can be found in the "FAQ".


A compilation of our pictures can be found under the heading »Collections« on the left part of this page, too. You may establish picture collections at your own (»Light box«). Storage of picture collections is possible for registered researchers.

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Recent changes

Newly imported pictures


» Fotoreporter Horst Sturm
» Fotobestand Georg Munker
» Fotoagentur A-B-C Georg Pahl



Current light table

Total image count:
Updated: Oct 17, 2019