As a relatively young Department of the German Archaeological Institute (see history section), the Madrid photo library collection does not go as far back as the other Departments (e.g. the photo library of the Rome Department) as to the beginnings of photography: the photo library was only established on the first working day after the reopening of the institute on Calle Serrano 159, on 3 March 1954. Older photos and glass negatives received from scientific donations were also added.
After the Lisbon Branch (latest: Avenida da Liberdade 244, 7th floor) was established in 1971, a photo archive was also set up there. 10,000 negatives formerly owned by of Vera Leisner († 31/05/1972) formed the basis for the collection. In addition to numerous black-and-white prints, these are now with the Portuguese heritage authority (IGESPAR) in Lisbon.
Starting in 2002, photos are scanned in and since June 2005, they are managed via the “Arachne” photo database, which was developed at the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cologne. (Further Information about Arachne - (Archaeological_Database))
Since about 2006, all photo orders are only executed digitally and a copy is always saved in Arachne.
List of photographers:
Tejerina (1954 to presumably 1956)
Rolf Wunderlich (1957; 1963-1964)
Detlef M. Noack (1959-1963)
Barbara Grunewald (1964-1965)
Peter Witte (1965-1998)
John Patterson (seit 1998)
A fruitful collaboration was initiated with the Museu Nacional de Arqueològic Tarragona in 2005 with the preparation and organisation of the “Blick Mira!” black and white photo exhibition, where the exhibition opened on 28 April 2006. It is directed at three main objectives: 1) to recognise the outstanding achievements of the photographers who worked at the Department, 2) to illustrate the plasticity that can be achieved with black and white photography, and 3) to convey an impression of the diversity of the photographic material, stored in the photo archive of the Department and make it accessible to a wider audience.
So far, the exhibition could be viewed at the following locations:
28.4.-20.8.2006 Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona (Catalunya, Spanien)
2007 (February-May) Museum für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Berlin (Deutschland)
2007 (July-August) Museo Arqueológico de Murcia (Spanien)
1.11.2007-28.2.2008 Museu de Prehistòria de Valencia (Spanien)
16.9.-26.10.2008 Sala de Exposiciones „Europa“ in Badajoz (Extremadura, Spanien)
2009 (Juny-August) Museu d’Història de Manacor auf Mallorca (Islas Baleares, Spanien)
15.11.2011-15.1.2012 Centro Cultural de Cascais in Cascais (Portugal)
Photo orders can be processed in two ways, but in both cases only after payment has been made.
Wherever possible, the number of the negative should be quoted when ordering a photo (available in the Arachen database). When series of photos are ordered, looking up the number of the negative leads to additional work that will be charged extra. In consultation with the photo expert and by appointment only, a personal search for the photos in the photo library can also be done.
Depending on the availability of the photo lab, waiting time can be expected until the photos are received. Photos are nowadays only provided in digital form and usually sent via an Internet server. The photo expert is available for questions at any time.
The following citation style should be used in all publications for photos: D-DAI-MAD-NOA-A-304 (Photo D. M. Noack). The first part of the number means: D (country, i.e. Germany), DAI (institution, i.e. the German Archaeological Institute), MAD (place, e.g. Madrid), NOA (abbreviation of the photographer, in this case, Detlef M. Noack, the abbreviation list of photographer names is always aligned with Arachne), then the actual image number according to the inventory books; this should be followed by the name of photographer written out in parentheses.
Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abt. Madrid
- Fotothek -
E - 28002 Madrid
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