Photographs in the PDD

Auswahl historischer Fotografien

Photographs: overview

The Prints and Drawings Department of the National Library collects analogue photography, daguerreotypes, negatives and slides with a particular emphasis on views of places and special topics related to Switzerland in the 19th to 21st centuries.

Picture postcards

The Prints and Drawings Department of the Swiss National Library collects picture postcards from the 19th to the 21st centuries.

Views of places

The Prints and Drawings Department of the Swiss National Library collects photographs of places and landscapes from the 19th to the 21st centuries.

Portraits

The Prints and Drawings Department of the National Library collects portraits of important personalities in the social, cultural and artistic life of Switzerland and other countries, from the early days of photography to the present day.

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Niklaus Stauss archive

The Niklaus Stauss photo archive is one of the largest private photography collections in Switzerland. Its pictures provide an insight into social, cultural and artistic life in Switzerland and beyond.

Grandes Jorasses

Eduard Spelterini collection

Around 130 images by the ballooning pioneer Eduard Spelterini from the period between 1893 and 1924 are preserved in the Swiss National Library’s Prints and Drawings Department. 120 Spelterini pictures are available for unrestricted use on Wikimedia Commons.

Avenches, Stadtansicht Grande Rue, 1899

Max van Berchem collection

At the turn of the 20th century, Max van Berchem from Geneva photographed buildings of art-historical importance in Switzerland. His photographic collection comprised pictures of towns, villages and buildings from 1898 to 1907.

Vals, Wallfahrtskapelle Mariä Schmerzen

Rudolf Zinggeler archive

The silk manufacturer Rudolf Zinggeler took photos mainly in the Swiss cantons of Valais, Ticino and Graubünden between 1890 and 1936. His work depicts towns and villages, landscapes and day-to-day rural life.

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Andreas Züst archives

The photographer and natural scientist Andreas Züst (1947–2000) was a legendary figure in the Swiss art world. The archive in the Prints and Drawings Department documents his highly diverse work.

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