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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

Gevaert expo

Poster from 1958 for Gevacolor (Photoproducten Gevaert N.V., Antwerp-Mortsel), 1958, Collection FOMU, P/2012/316

Selleslags Titanic

Rik Selleslags, Survivors from the "Titanic", Collection FOMU, 2018/45/144/3, © Rik Selleslags

Tas kruispunt

Filip J. Tas, Crossroad with bollards, road signs, Collection FOMU, P/1976/9/4, © Filip J. Tas / SABAM

Modeopname Philippi Frank scr

Frank Philippi, Fashion shoot on location with a model (female), Brussels, 1963, Collection FOMU, P/2012/285, © Frank Philippi / SABAM

RS7527 P 1988 0152 Selleslags Herman scr 1

Herman Selleslags, Julien Schoenaerts, 1981, Collection FOMU, P/1988/152, © Herman Selleslags

RS6452 P 1981 0159 Philippi Frank scr

Frank Philippi, Studio portret of Jef Verheyen, Paul Ibou, Ivo Michiels and Frank Philippi, Brussels, 1972, Collection FOMU, P/1981/159, © Frank Philippi

RS131433 001 GEV 0016 0044 img 001 lpr

Package for photographic paper “Gevaert 500 Postcards Vigorous, s.d., Collection FOMU, 1/GEV/16/44


The 'Fotokontrool' department responsible for the inspection of the manufactured photo paper, 1927, Agfa-Gevaert N.V. Historical Archive Agfa-Gevaert, D560B, Collection FOMU

RS11833 P 2012 0149 0001 Philippi Frank scr

Frank Philippi, Visitors with cameras at the 1958 World's Fair, Heizel, Brussels, 1958, Collection FOMU, P/2012/149/1 © Frank Philippi

RS13110 P 2013 0075 Kessels Willy scr

Willy Kessels, Fotogram, 1932, Collection FOMU, P/2013/75, © Willy Kessels / SOFAM

Selfie Herman Selleslags New York 1971 low res

Herman Selleslags, Selfie, New York, Times Square, 1971, Collection FOMU © Herman Selleslags

RS222989 001 GEV Barnor 0017 daglichtruimte gevacolorschool

Gevacolor school in Mortsel, around 1965, Historical collection Agfa-Gevaert, D144 C D, Collection FOMU

RS169410 2022 0002 lichtreclame

Neonsign Gevacolor, 1960-1964, Collection FOMU, 2022/2, ©Gevaert

RS11859 P 2012 0165 Philippi Frank scr

Frank Philippi, Traction-Avant, Austria, 1953, Collection FOMU, P/2012/165, © Frank Philippi

RS8426 P 1996 0016 0034 Embo Suzy Dotremont

Suzy Embo, Dotremont with a cigarette in his nose, 1973, Collection FOMU, P/1996/16/34, © Suzy Embo/FOMU


Presentation of the first paper production by Lieven Gevaert in 1894 in Antwerp, Collection FOMU Historical archive Agfa-Gevaert D49