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Media Collections

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The media collection of the documenta archiv holds and preserves both analog and digital media. Its holdings include individual collections of photographic material, as well as material in various audio, video and film formats. Over the last decades the media collection has grown continually as a result of donations and acquisitions of pre- and postmortem estates from individual documenta curators, artists and photographers.

It presently consists of:

  • ca. 90.000 digital images
  • ca. 41.000 slides and ektachromes
  • ca. 27.000 photographic prints
  • ca. 55.000 negatives
  • ca. 200 UMATIC Tapes
  • ca. 1.125 VHS
  • ca. 2.200 DVD / CD
  • ca. 120 Vinyl-Records
  • ca. 250 Cassette Tapes

Currently the photographic material by Dieter Schwerdtle is being catalogued with the generous support from the foundation „IMPULSE für Kassel“. It alone consists of over 7.500 images. Similarly, the estate of Hans Hillmann comprises of an equally extensive number of audiovisual materials.

Thanks to partnerships with broadcasting stations such as Hessian Broadcasting Corporation (HR), Open Chanel Kassel (OK), and Free Radio Kassel, the multimedia corpus of the documenta archiv continues to grow.

© documenta archiv / Anita Back
© documenta archiv / Anita Back
© documenta archiv / Anita Back
© documenta archiv / Anita Back
© documenta archiv / Anita Back

Copyright and On-Site Usage

In compliance with copyright legislation and privacy rights – a large part of the digital image holdings are available in exchange for a fee. [see price list]

Original (analog) photographs and audio- and video tapes can be accessed on-site in the reading rooms of the documenta archiv with prior appointment. For groups of up to 25 participants, a room is available in the same building if booked in time.