The Photo Archive contains over a million pictures from all phases of film history. The history of German and US film is its main focus. Western European film countries are also well represented in the collection.
Photographs are indexed according to the original film titles (currently c. 28,000 titles) and persons’ names. In addition there are special fields such as “film equipment“, “studio history”, “movie theater history“, “festivals" as well as the personal estates of photographers, including Hans Casparius (with an emphasis on the 1920s) and Heinz Köster (the history of film in Berlin of the 1950s and 1960s).
The Deutsche Kinemathek holds the copyrights only in special instances.
The archivists are also pleased to provide assistance with unusual inquires that are not directly related to a specific film.
Loans for exhibitions at public institutions are free of charge.
10 euros is charged for scanning photos. 55 euros is the basic fee for publishing photos that originated before 1950; 40 euros, for photos that originated later.
As a rule, scans are provided in a resolution of 300 dpi in tif format.