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Archive History

bpk is a central service institution of Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) in Berlin. The picture agency was established in 1966 (formerly named Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz).

The basic photographic stock was built up by the historical picture library Hermann Handke. This stock consists of about 1 million pictures, among them Daguerrotypes, Talbotypes, paper prints, negatives, printed works, engravings and lithographs.

Today the picture agency owns about 12 million pictures and by this one of the mayor photographic collections in Europe.The archive houses estates, archives and portfolios of many famous photographers, who notably documented life in Germany in various facets.

For a large section of these photographies the agency holds the exclusive copyright, so that publication rights for these photographies may only be obtained by bpk.

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With more than 12 million images from all areas of fine art, culture and history, bpk is your partner for licensing reproduction rights for editorial and commercial use.

In this database you will find already more than 300.000 selected motifs online. Each month we add new pictures for your choice. If you wish personal consulting or support by our research service please contact us.

Phone +49-30-278 792-0
contact@bpk-images.de

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