Visual History

The online repository, 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 networks. Researchers are invited to present their current projects and provide information for the platform’s database. The blog offers comprehensive information about conferences, exhibitions and recent publications, as well as original contributions to the field of visual history. The blog first went online in 2014, then administered by the joint research project ‘Visual History: Institutions and Media of Visual Memory’, which was funded by the Leibniz Association and hosted by the ZZF, the Georg Eckert Institute (Braunschweig), the Herder Institute (Marburg), and the German Museum (Munich). The editing board resides at the ZZF. is, on the one hand, designed for historians who are looking for reliable information about the theoretical and methodological framework of historical visual research. On the other hand, the repository seeks to enhance the dialogue between history and related disciplines like art history, media studies and cultural studies. Its aim is further to inform the general public about – and to sensitise its readers for – the particular qualities of visual documents in the context of cultural history.



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

The Pictorial Depiction of Migrants in the West German Print Media Spiegel and Stern, 1955–1998

Violetta Rudolf

Associated Phd project

In this thesis, a diachronic approach is used to investigate the visual representation of humans with an immigrant background in German magazines between 1955 and 1998. My research focuses on the question as to whether people with other ethnic...

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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...

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Coming of Age: Youth Culture, Sex, and the Visual Revolution in Twen Magazine during the Long 1960s”

Natalie Cincotta

Associated research project

This reserch project considers youth magazine Twen as a key site of contention in changing sexual and political cultures in the “long 1960s” (1958-1971) in West Germany. Reaching boiling point in 1968, young West Germans mobilized to break out...

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