Visual History

In the field of science, image research has steadily increased in scope and importance since the mid-1980s. Photography played a key role here. Unlike textual sources, it offers an immediate view - of people and things, of cities, landscapes and interiors. Up until now, the visual history itself often focused on the pictures themselves. But who produces them, who chooses them and distributes them?
This work area focuses on the actors and institutions involved in image production: the agents of the images. The subject of the research, in addition to the aesthetic effect, are the social conditions of the production, distribution and canonization of pictorial collections.

Forschung

Projekte

Screenshot der Webseite Visual History, Foto: Christine Bartlitz

Visual History
Online Repository for Historical Visual Research

Christine Bartlitz, Karsten Borgmann

The online repository visual-history.de, hosted by the ZZF, serves as a platform for historical research on visual sources and phenomena. It provides up-to-date insights into the growing community of visual historians and their activities, and supports the formation of professional...

Family in an Audi 80 in front of 1970 built residential houses near Kästdorf for guest workers of the Volkswagenwerk Wolfsburg. Photo: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F040746-0034 / Schaack, Lothar / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F040746-0034, Wolfsburg, Gastarbeiterfamilie mit ihrem Auto, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

Strange pictures. Photographic Identity Constructions of "(Late) Resettlers" and "Guest Workers" in Stern und Spiegel 1950-1998

Violetta Rudolf

Associated Phd project

With a diachronic study, the pictorial representation of "guest workers" and "(late) resettlers" in the German print media between 1955 and 1998 is to be analyzed in the PhD project. The research focuses on the question as to whether people with...

Selfportrait of Sibylle Bergemann. Photo: Sibylle Bergemann, Selfportrait Sibylle Bergemann, CC BY 3.0

Fading Memory?
The Success of GDR Photography and its ‘Arrival’ in the West

Annette Schuhmann

Research project

The Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste), Berlin, opened the exhibition ‘Fading Memories’ (Verblassende Erinnerung) in 2006, which displays works from one of the most renowned East German photographers, Sybille Bergmann. The title of the exhibition aims...

German-Jewish Private Photography 1928-1938

Robert Mueller-Stahl

Assoziiertes Dissertationsprojekt

The project investigates German-Jewish experiences at the transition from the Weimar Republic to the National Socialist regime through the lens of private photography.

Visual History

In the field of science, image research has steadily increased in scope and importance since the mid-1980s. Photography played a key role here. Unlike textual sources, it offers an immediate view - of people and things, of cities, landscapes and interiors. Up until now, the visual history itself often focused on the pictures themselves. But who produces them, who chooses them and distributes them?
This work area focuses on the actors and institutions involved in image production: the agents of the images. The subject of the research, in addition to the aesthetic effect, are the social conditions of the production, distribution and canonization of pictorial collections.

Forschung

Projekte

Screenshot der Webseite Visual History, Foto: Christine Bartlitz

Visual History
Online Repository for Historical Visual Research

Christine Bartlitz, Karsten Borgmann

The online repository visual-history.de, hosted by the ZZF, serves as a platform for historical research on visual sources and phenomena. It provides up-to-date insights into the growing community of visual historians and their activities, and supports the formation of professional...

Family in an Audi 80 in front of 1970 built residential houses near Kästdorf for guest workers of the Volkswagenwerk Wolfsburg. Photo: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F040746-0034 / Schaack, Lothar / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F040746-0034, Wolfsburg, Gastarbeiterfamilie mit ihrem Auto, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

Strange pictures. Photographic Identity Constructions of "(Late) Resettlers" and "Guest Workers" in Stern und Spiegel 1950-1998

Violetta Rudolf

Associated Phd project

With a diachronic study, the pictorial representation of "guest workers" and "(late) resettlers" in the German print media between 1955 and 1998 is to be analyzed in the PhD project. The research focuses on the question as to whether people with...

Selfportrait of Sibylle Bergemann. Photo: Sibylle Bergemann, Selfportrait Sibylle Bergemann, CC BY 3.0

Fading Memory?
The Success of GDR Photography and its ‘Arrival’ in the West

Annette Schuhmann

Research project

The Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste), Berlin, opened the exhibition ‘Fading Memories’ (Verblassende Erinnerung) in 2006, which displays works from one of the most renowned East German photographers, Sybille Bergmann. The title of the exhibition aims...

German-Jewish Private Photography 1928-1938

Robert Mueller-Stahl

Assoziiertes Dissertationsprojekt

The project investigates German-Jewish experiences at the transition from the Weimar Republic to the National Socialist regime through the lens of private photography.