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Selected Objects: Photographic Collection (6)

Ilse Bing with a Leica camera

Photographic Collection

Art photography, historical press images and family photos, documenting the museum’s work

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Person alone on one of the red seats in the auditorium of an empty theater, head resting in hands


Photo exhibition

3 Sep 2021 to 24 Apr 2022

Teenage girl in a mirror attached to the door of a light cabinet

“Ma première photo”

Ilse Bing, Self-portrait, Frankfurt am Main, 1913, purchased 2015

20 Years, 21 Objects

The drawing in comic style shows an androgynous figure in profile on magenta background. She wears a bright frock, her left hand is raised. An eagle has just flown out of her hand

Yael Bartana – Redemption Now

An expansive presentation of works by the contemporary artist

4 Jun to 21 Nov 2021

Young man in prisoner’s uniform, casually smoking a pipe.

Triumph of Survival

Cilly Kugelmann on a photo that visualizes the victory over the Nazis

May 2020

A middle-aged man and woman and two younger men and a younger woman on the beach. The young woman is in uniform, all the others are wearing summer clothes.

This Place

This photo exhibition explores the complexity of Israel and the West Bank

7 Jun 2019 to 19 Apr 2020

A girl has a digital camera in her hand, an older woman puts her head on her shoulder.

Conversation with the Artist Wendy Ewald

With Wendy Ewald (photographer) and Gregor H. Lersch (head of temporary exhibitions) as part of the exhibition This Place

Video Recording
5 Mar 2020

A machine with many cables.

Conversation with the Artist Thomas Struth

With Thomas Struth (photo­grapher) and Theresia Ziehe (curator of photo­graphy), related to the exhibition This Place, in German

Video Recording
5 Dec 2019

Die Aufnahme zeigt einen Mann, eine Frau, vor ihnen zwei Kinder, alle stehen im Freien. Die beiden Jungs und der Mann tragen kurze Hosen, die Frau ein kurzärmeliges Kleid mit floralem Muster.

Memories from the Life of Walter Frankenstein

With many photographs from the Walter and Leonie Frankenstein Collection

Online Feature

Several people are sitting around a table on which memorabilia and a recording device are lying.

Object Days

Memorabilia and migration stories – portraits of Jews living in Germany

Photo Project

Articles by our Curator of Photography

Theresia Ziehe on the stories behind individual photographs, photography projects, and pleasant encounters with donors


Portrait of a woman holding laces in front of her face

Salvaged from the Trash

The Photo Albums of the Artist Olga Irén Fröhlich


Black and white photography of teenage girls and boys joyfully leaning out of the window of a train

Photo­graphic Testimony

On the history of the Herbert Sonnenfeld collection



From private family recordings to art photographs: Browse online in our collections (in German)

Online Collections

Black and white photo, a group of women standing on a street and looking into the camera.

In an Instant

Photographs by Fred Stein

22 Nov 2013 to 4 May 2014

Black and white photograph with three uniformed soldiers standing in front of a green area.

From idyllic landscape views to the trenches

Seeing the First World War through an army doctor’s photographs


Leonard Freed: Deutsche Juden heute (Geman Jews Today)

This photo series by Magnum photographer Freed documents Jewish life in Germany in the early 1960s (in German)

Online Collections

Seven consecutively numbered kitchen stoves are crowded together in a white-tiled kitchen (black and white photo).

Russians Jews Germans

Photographs by Michael Kerstgens from 1992 to the Present

20 Apr to 26 Aug 2012

A young woman sits in a room filled with dolls.

How German is it?

30 Artists’ Notion of Home

16 Sep 2011 to 29 Jan 2012

House facade.

The Sukkah. A Fleeting House for a Jewish Festival

Photographs by Mimi Levy Lipis

4 Nov 2010 to 27 Feb 2011

A piano player with his head bowed, resting on his hand.

It must schwing

Blue Note – Photography by Francis Wolff and Jimmy Katz

30 Oct 2009 to 7 Feb 2010

Girl in shorts crouches under a desk

Disposable Eyes

Featuring two photo projects: Promised Land and The Pen-Pal Project

25 Oct 2002 bis 26 Jan 2003

The black and white photo shows several boys in caps sitting close together at a table. In front of them are open books, behind them stands a man and points to a line of text

Poyln. An Eradicated Jewish World

Photographs by Alter Kacyzne

2 Feb to 7 Apr 2002

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Frédéric Brenner, Photographer

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Leonard Freed, Photographer

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Herbert Sonnenfeld, Photographer

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