Anthropology - Photothek

Natural History Museum Vienna


Electronic database / Collection

Short Description

The Photothek is a historic and contemporary digitally maintained image archive of the Department of Anthropology. It encompasses about the entire photographic production of the department since its foundation. The total size of the collection is close to 50,000 inventory numbers. In fact, however, the photothek includes a much larger number of photographs, such as black-and-white and color negatives, 35mm slides, medium-format, historical black-and-white prints, X-ray negatives and in the laste decades also extensive digital image material.

Contact Person

Dr. Margit Berner, Wolfgang Reichmann

Research Services

Access for research purposes. Assistance in research projects in the fields of biological anthropology, history of anthropology, history of science and museums studies. Support for exhibition projects and research on the provenance of collections and ethical issues in dealing with sensitive collection holdings.

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

Object photography, research on the history of anthropometric photography and scientific object photography, digitalisation of partial collections.

Allocation to Core Facility

Department of Anthropology, Natural History Museum Vienna

Access after appointment with the curator
Austrian and international museums, universities and research institutions.