Explore a wealth of vintage photographs with Europeana Photography

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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17 thoughts on “Explore a wealth of vintage photographs with Europeana Photography

  1. Apreciei viajar por este blog. Sensacional .E um passeio de memoria e descobertas.Parabéns!

  2. Hopefully there will be some context, too, so viewers can appreciate the physical work of transporting camera and ancillary gear needed to capture a composition and bring it into visible, durable print form for others to see. Besides the physical context there are social considerations of the period (what subject was suitable or not-suitable to record) and zeitgeist that viewers today may be ignorant of. We can browse simply for visual diversion, but having the context helps us to understanding the full weight of the image.

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