The Federal Archives keeps approx. 12 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
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).
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
[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)]
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.
Information that was originally on or with the picture. Hint: The original title is shown to the full extent! Especially pictures from the fonds »Bild 101 Propagandakompanien der Wehrmacht« and »Bild 183 ADN« may contain ideologically influenced or later added texts which sometimes do not correctly describe the pictures content or the original situation. See also »Archive title and »Short title.