The photo archive predominantly
consists of pictures taken by scholars (anthropologists) and other participants
of the various expeditions and research trips made since 1904 until the 1980s.
By and large it consists of black and white photographs.
Since most original
negatives (in various conditions) have been saved, the main body of the archive
can be regarded as an archive of negatives. Likewise, prints of most pictures
exist and are ordered for each expedition in both chronological and regional
catalogues, each picture accompanied by a short description. The catalogues can
be viewed upon appointment. It is planned to make copies on electronic
There are about 70,000 photographs. A large portion of these
derive from the various African expeditions and research trips. The rest are
distributed between Oceania (Australia, New Guinea), South America (Bolivia,
Venezuela), Europe and Asia. In addition part of the picture archive of the
Frobenius Institute has been photographed for duplication. This mainly concerns
duplications from the ethnographic picture archive (drawings, water colours,
paintings etc.) and the archive of rock painting reproductions.
smaller slide collection there can be found diapositives which have been made
from negatives, as well as original colour slides collected on research trips
which have taken place since the fifties. A major section consists of photos
from Ethiopia, besides which there are also motifs from North Africa, West
Africa, South America, New Guinea and India. The slide collection is, however,
only slightly systematised. Since the Institute has its own photographic
department, most photographic work can be done in the Institute: a price list is
available. Most of the images are accessible through an online database.
Visits are possible upon appointment. Contact: Peter Steigerwald
Last Updated ( Mittwoch, 10 November 2010 )