Photographical Collection

The research and exhibition work of the photographic collection is orientated towards the well-defined collection subject of factual-documentary photography, based on the work of August Sander.

The Photographical Collection by SK Stiftung Kultur
Address: GoogleMapsIm MediaPark 7
50670 Cologne
Phone: 0221/226-5900
Fax: 02 21/2 26-5901
Opening hours: daily except Wed. 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Prices: € 4.50 / € 2
Remarks: Mon. admission free

By cooperating with artists and other archives whose own collections are closely related to the Foundation's own, the Photographische Sammlung sees an opportunity of steering its research work to extend beyond its own collection. A cooperation with artists Bernd and Hilla Becher begun in 1996 forms the link between classical modern art and contemporary art. This artist couple devoted itself to the photographic documentation of industrial architecture. The latest partnership forged in 1999 is with the Berlin Hochschule der Künste and their Karl Blossfeldt collection.

In 1993 the Foundation purchased the collection of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (German Society for Photography) which comprises some 1,700 photographs taken by various internationally famous photographers. The collection includes works by Eugène Atget, Lawrence Beck, Natascha Borowsky, Marcel Broodthaers, Chargesheimer, William Christenberry, Harold Edgerton, Hugo Erfurth, Bernhard Fuchs, Richard Gessner, Ruth Hallensleben, Candida Höfer, Michael Klöpfer, August Kotzsch, Horst Lang, Elmar Mauch, Rudolf Nagel, Simone Nieweg, Tata Ronkholz, Judith Joy Ross, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Stephen Shore, Oliver Sieber and Peter Weller.

The Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur is not a photographic museum in the classical sense, in that it is not concerned with examining the history of the medium in great detail. Rather, the focus of work emerges from the subjects it deals with. The aim is to establish and expand a research institution, which when combined with a regular exhibition program, creates a lively stage for an examination of the medium of photography.

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