Karl Hugo Schmölz, Tankstelle Ecke Oskar-Jäger-Straße, Köln-Ehrenfeld, 1952. © Copyright Archiv Wim Cox
Since the 1970s, in its numerous exhibitions the LVR-LandesMuseum has been probing into the cultural value of photography. Today the museum houses one of Germany's best photography collections.
This is supplemented by the extensive holdings of the Gesellschaft Photo Archiv e.V. (Photo Archive Society), which is the supporting organization for photography at the LVR-LandesMuseum (Link). Many important figures in the history of photography are represented here, among them, William Henry Fox Talbot, Eugène Atget, Hugo Erfurth, August Sander, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Wegee, Herman Classen, Liselotte Strelow, Helmut Newton, Diane Arbus, and Angela Neuke, all the way up to contemporary photography that includes the Bechers, Timm Rautert, Martin Roswoog, Boris Becker and Elger Esser – to only name a few. A focus of the collection with an international flair is the human image in photography and high-quality photo reportage.
The photography collection is presented in the permanent exhibition and in alternation with the Department of Prints and Drawings, disposing over its own exhibition room on the third floor. In addition, annual photography exhibitions take place, which in recent years, for example, have shown photographs by Timm Rautert, Konrad Rufus Müller, Anastasia Khorosilova and Gudrun Kemsa. Traditionally, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ, German Society for International Cooperation) displays works here from its annual photography workshop.
LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn
Tel. +49 (0) 228 / 2070 - 0, Fax +49 (0) 228 / 2070 - 299
TUE - FRI, SON 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., SAT 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., MON closed
Guided tours for school groups available from 10 a.m.
MON - FRI 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.