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Since June 2004, the Art Library's Photographic Collection has held exhibitions under the same roof as the Helmut Newton Foundation in the Museum of Photography in Jebensstraße 2, opposite Zoologischer Garten station. Thanks to the comprehensive restoration of the Kaisersaal, the Photographic Collection now boasts an exhibition room in which to display all forms of photography dating from the 19th century to the present day.
The Photographic Collection's holdings date back to the very early days of photography, through to Pictorialism around the turn of the last century, the Neues Sehen or 'New Vision' of the 1920s, to the new artistic styles of the present day. The Collection is divided into five areas: the photographic archive, the collection of artistic photography, the personal bequests and archive, the photogrammetric holdings and historical postcards from the 19th and 20th century. The photographs are all stored at Kulturforum and can be viewed upon request in the Art Library's study room.