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The Digital Picture Archive of the Press- and Information Office of the Federal Government (BPA)


The picture archive of the BPA

The Photo Department of the Press- and Information Office of the Federal Government (BPA) offers photo motives of political events featuring the Federal Chancellor, the Federal Ministers as well as the Federal President. This photo shots are used for the public relation relations and public diplomacy activities of the Federal Government.

The Photo Department provides approximately. two million photos. The archive is constantly kept up to date – about 1200 political events such as state visits, signing of treaties and ceremonial affairs are continuously documentated. The archive is supplemented by purchasing and/or acquiring of photos shots or picture archives in private ownership. Best examples are here the archives of Richard Schulze-Vorberg and George Munker.

The photo material is used by the BPA, the Federal Ministries and the German Embassies abroad for the publication of informative brochures, general publications and internet articles.

The photos are available for the usage in newspaper or, magazines although usually a license fees required.

Presently over 230.000 photos reaching back to 1949 are stored in the data base .

You may directly screen about thousands photos for your business purposes. Our service additionally includes the research with database of the Federal Archives which are connected.

You can retrievial the pictures with a full text search, extensive search by subject, person or locality (topic search).

 

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You may use the data base without registration. Any download of reproducible pictures without water-mark is possible for registered researchers at their cost.
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On the left part of this page, the info box »Recently imported pictures« will inform you on newly added pictures.
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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Total image count:
317999
Bundesarchiv:
222618
Bundespresseamt:
95381
Updated: Jul 24, 2014