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The FOMU library collection comprises more than 30,000 titles and contains relevant publications from the very beginning of photography to the most recent trends and developments. It contains books, magazines, brand and photographic documentation, auction catalogues and archives. The collection is divided into a study collection, a museum collection and a collection of precious works, and is used intensively by researchers from various disciplines.

The collection took shape with the acquisition of the library of the Association Belge de Photographie and the library of the company Agfa-Gevaert. It boasts books from the (inter)national photographic canon with an emphasis on Western European and Belgian photographers. The collection is the largest and most specialized of the Dutch-speaking region.


Max Pinckers, The Fourth Wall, Self-published, 2012, Collectie Fotomuseum Antwerpen, 2013-34

1968 545 Catastrophe

La catastrophe d'Anvers. 6 septembre 1889, Anvers: Section anversoise de l'Association belge de Photographie, 1889, Collectie Fotomuseum Antwerpen, 1968-545

2015 392 Cartier Bresson S

Henri Cartier Bresson, The decisive moment, New York/Paris: Steidl, 2014, Collectie Fotomuseum Antwerpen, 2015-392

1966 60 Reports

Exhibition of the Works of Industries of All Nations, 1851. Reports by the Juries on the subjects in the 30 classes into which the exhibition was divided, London: Spicer Brothers, 1852, Collectie Fotomuseum Antwerpen, 1966-60

18078090 Depoorter

Bieke Depoorter, As it may be, Veurne: Hannibal, 2017, Collectie Fotomuseum Antwerpen, 18078090

18098129 2

Sanne De Wilde, The Island of the Colorblind, Veurne: Hannibal, 2017, Collectie Fotomuseum Antwerpen, 18098129

Frigo 5888 2 MB

Lucas Leffler & Benoît de Moffarts, La Belgique vue du frigo / België gezien door de koelkast, Brussel: Prismes, 2015, Collectie Fotomuseum Antwerpen, 18098297

Cars gruyaert

Harry Gruyaert, It's not about cars, Antwerpen, Gallery Fifty One, 2017

Windy trees

Vincent Delbrouck, Some windy trees, Self-published by V.D., 2013

Droit de regards couverture

Marie-Françoise Plissart, Jacques Derrida, Droit de regards, Brussel, Les Impressions nouvelles, 2010


Thirteen million Congolese, Brussels: Inforcongo, 1959

Collection FOMU, FOMU21111260


Dries Segers, Fungi, self-published, 2019


Lara Gasparotto & Emmanuel d'Autreppe, Sleepwalk, Yellow Now-Angles vifs, Crisnée, 2012


Jan Kempenaers & Willem Jan Neutelings, Spomenik #1-26, Amsterdam, Roma Publications, 2010


Paul Casaer, people, bags, bushes & tracks, Brussel, self-published, 2001

1994 795 Sultan

Larry Sultan, Pictures from home, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1995, Collection FOMU


Man Ray, Man Ray. Photographies 1920-1934, Paris, Hartford: James Thrall Soby, 1934, Collection FOMU F5357


Karl Blossfeldt, Urformen der Kunst, Berlin: Ernst Wasmuth, 1953, Collection FOMU F155

JW wind

Jeff Wall, A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), Oakland Ca.: TBW Books, 2023, Collection FOMU

Ballad Goldin

Nan Goldin, The ballad of sexual dependency, New York, N.Y., Aperture, 1986, Collection FOMU

Gregory Halpern ZZYZX

Gregory Halpern, ZZYZX, London, Mack, 2019, Collection FOMU

Bruxelles Champroux

Georges Champroux, Brussels by night. 19 unpublished photographs, Maison Ernest Thill, Brussels, 1935, Collection FOMU, P/2002/1483, © Georges Champroux

Belgian solutions cover

David Helbich, Belgian solutions, volume 1, MediuMER, Ghent, 2013, collection FOMU

Red Journey

Nick Hannes, Red Journey, Lannoo, Tielt, 2009, Collection FOMU