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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, Zelfportret met rolleiflex in een bolle spiegel, circa 1960-1965, Collectie Fotomuseum Antwerpen © Filip J. Tas / SABAM

Herman Selleslags Tom Waits hotel001

Herman Selleslags, Tom Waits, Bruxelles, 1968, Collectie Fotomuseum Antwerpen, © Herman Selleslags / SOFAM

Agfa Gevaert 2 MB

Fotocollage van de Gevaert fabriek gebruikt voor een advertentie in Gevaert Foto-Dienst © Agfa-Gevaert

RS8417 P 1996 0014 Embo Suzy scr

Suzy Embo, Jam Sessions, La Bosse, 1969, Collectie Fotomuseum Antwerpen, P/1996/14, © Suzy Embo / Fotomuseum Antwerpen

RS13098 P 2013 0062 Kessels Willy scr

Willy Kessels, publicité par photo, Willy Kessels, 1929, Collectie Fotomuseum Antwerpen, P/2013/62, © Willy Kessels / SOFAM