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The collection of fonds includes some 40 archives, fonds and large ensembles of Belgian photographers and companies from the 19th century to the present day. All in all, these photographic and paper archives comprise almost 3 million items. This makes it the largest collection of the FOMU in terms of size. The collection provides a good overview of photographic practice in Belgium, because it involves fonds from both professional and amateur photographers. Its content, size and nationality distinguish it from other collections in Belgium and abroad.

The collection took shape through donations, long-term loans and purchases. The most extensive fonds include the photo archives of Herman Selleslags and his father Rik Selleslags, which the FOMU has received on permanent loan, and the Historical Agfa-Gevaert Archives. Examples of some other fonds are those of Willy Kessels, Suzy Embo and Filip Tas.

RS11694 P 2012 0047 Tas Filip scr

Filip J. Tas, Self-portrait with rolleiflex in a convex mirror, circa 1960-1965, Collection FOMU © Filip J. Tas/SABAM

Herman Selleslags Tom Waits hotel001

Herman Selleslags, Tom Waits, Brussels, 1968, Collection FOMU, © Herman Selleslags/SOFAM

Agfa Gevaert 2 MB

Photo collage of the Gevaert factory used for an advertisement in Gevaert Photo-Service, Collection FOMU © Agfa-Gevaert

RS8417 P 1996 0014 Embo Suzy scr

Suzy Embo, Jam Sessions, La Bosse, 1969, Collection FOMU, P/1996/14, © Suzy Embo/FOMU

RS13098 P 2013 0062 Kessels Willy scr

Willy Kessels, publicité par photo, Willy Kessels, 1929, Collection FOMU, P/2013/62, © Willy Kessels/SOFAM

RS11363 P 2005 0016 0010 De Spiegelaere Patrick scr

Patrick De Spiegelaere, Night vigil of scouts at the Royal Palace in Brussels after the death of King Baudouin, who died on July 31, 1993, Collection FOMU, P/2005/16/10, © Patrick De Spiegelaere/SOFAM

RS12743 P 2012 0590 0232 d Haen Gilbert scr 1

Gilbert d'Haen, Fashion photo, 1965, Collection FOMU, P/2012/590/232, © Gilbert d'Haen

RS11016 P 2011 0183 Philippi Frank scr

Frank Philippi, Louis Armstrong in the backstage of the Ancienne Belgique in Antwerp, Collection FOMU, P/2011/183, © Frank Philippi/SABAM

RS7580 P 1990 0093 De Munter Longinus scr

Longinus De Munter, Resignation to the hard fate, Collection FOMU, P/1990/93, © Longinus De Munter