Preserving a chapter of German photographic history 1945 - 1960

Funded through the KUR – Programme for the Conservation of Moveable Cultural Assets

The German Photographic Library at the Saxon State and University Library in Dresden (SLUB) maintains an important photo archive of German art and cultural history. The KUR project aimed to preserve and publish all 68,000 film negatives which document the history of Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig between 1945 and 1960 and portray the political, cultural and urban development during this dynamic period of change and restructuring of German life. These unique, yet unpublished photos by Hildegard Jäckel, Richard Peter Sr., Abraham Pisarek, Roger and Renate Rössing portray a virtual panorama of the leading figures in politics, culture and science during the decisive years when East and West Germany were established.
The original film negatives were digitalized and then transferred to long-lasting polyester film. Many of the negatives had already begun to deteriorate – a process which today’s technology can neither stop nor reverse.
With this collection of unpublished photos of Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig, the project attempted to develop an innovative and financially viable approach to preserving cultural and historic photographic works which other photo archives may also employ. As the photos were preserved, the project made them publicly accessible via a free image databank at (external link, opens in a new window) and the Internet platform (external link, opens in a new window).

Project administrator:
Saxon State and University Library in Dresden (SLUB)

Museum Global?

The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the MMK Frankfurt wish to address the effects of globalisation and digitalisation in a project that explores the complex subject of “globalism” and the challenges it brings. With their project “museum global?” they scrutinise modernity and the canon upon which it is based.

Learn more about the project


For further information please contact the projects website:

SLUB (external link, opens in a new window)


Fachlicher Ansprechpartner:

Dr. Jens Bove

Abteilungsleiter Deutsche Fotothek

Tel.: +49 (0)351 4677600 (external link, opens in a new window)



Bärbel Kühnemann

Beauftragte für Drittmittel

Tel.: +49 (0)351 4677107


Sächsische Landesbibliothek –

Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden

01054 Dresden


Zellescher Weg 18

01069 Dresden (external link, opens in a new window)