Explore a wealth of vintage photographs with Europeana Photography

written by Douglas McCarthy on May 20, 2017 in Europeana Photography with 11 comments

Today, we’re proud to launch Europeana Photography, our latest thematic collection. Photography lovers and researchers can explore more than 2 million historical photographs, contributed by over 50 European institutions in 34 countries.

Europeana Photography presents images from the first 100 years of photography, sourced from photographic archives, agencies and museum collections across Europe. The collection includes work by important pioneers like Julia Margaret Cameron, Eadweard Muybridge and Louis Daguerre.

Eadweard Muybridge, Loya: Valley of the Yosemite (The Sentinel), c. 1867 – c. 1872. Rijksmuseum. Public Domain.

In collaboration with Europeana, the project is led by PHOTOCONSORTIUM, the International Consortium for Photographic Heritage, a non-profit association committed to the promotion and enhancement of the culture of photography and photographic heritage.

Nicola Perscheid. Grand Canal, Venice, 1929. Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, CC0.

Europeana Photography contains captivating editorial, including blog posts, curated galleries and online exhibitions. Our opening exhibition explores the unexpected beauty of industrial photography from the early 20th century. It’s part of a series, The Pleasure of Plenty, that celebrates the opulence and visual richness of vintage photography. 

Future exhibitions on specific themes will regularly be released, telling compelling stories with stunning images, allowing people to explore distant eras and locations, and better appreciate the value of their European, national and local cultural heritage.

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