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FOMU's image collection now consists of more than 900,000 images that illustrate the development of international photography and Belgian photography, in particular. The FOMU collects both historical and contemporary photography, art and documentary photography, as well as free and applied photography. The collection is also representative of the history of photography in terms of printing techniques and includes daguerreotypy, glass plates, autochromes, negatives, slide positives, contact prints and photo publications. In addition to international legends, it also contains a large number of leading Belgian names.

The collection started with the Association Belge de Photographie archives and those of the publication department of the company Gevaert. Over the years, the collection has made valuable acquisitions, such as part of Fritz L. Grüber's private collection, the Agfa-Gevaert Historical Archives and archives of Belgian photographers. The collection is still growing as the FOMU consistently purchases work by young Belgian talent and acquires images that tell the story of (Belgian) photography.

RS5827 P 1978 0117 0001 Klein William scr

William Klein, St. Patricks Day, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue, 1954 -1955, gelatin silver print, Collection FOMU, P/2002/196, © William Klein

RS14138 2016 0016 Mikhailov Boris scr

Boris Mikhailov, Untitled, 1997-1998, chromogenic print, Collection FOMU, 2016/16, © Boris Mikhailov

RS10373 P 1997 0114 0004 Alvin Langdon Coburn scr

Alvin Langdon Coburn, The Edge of the Black Country, 1911, photogravure, Collection FOMU, P/1997/114/4, © Alvin Langdon Coburn

RS5496 P 1977 0034 0007 Buschmann scr

Joseph Ernest Buschmann, Ossenmarkt, 1845-1850, salted paper print, Collection FOMU, P/1977/34/7

RS7875 P 1992 0243 Coulommier Julien scr

Julien Coulommier, L'Homme coupé en deux par une fenêtre (André Breton), 1954, gelatin silver print, Collection FOMU, P/1992/243, © Julien Coulommier / SOFAM

Stereo Alexandre

Alexandre, World Ehhibition Antwerp 1894, Old Antwerp, Saint-Margriet and the dragon, Antwerp procession, 1894, stereo card, Collection FOMU, P/1971/498/5

Controversy small

Max Pinckers & Sam Weerdmeester, Controversy, 2016, chromogenic print, Collection FOMU, 2017/57, © Max Pinckers, Sam Weerdmeester

Ou Menya42

Bieke Depoorter, Ou Menya, 2009, inkjet print, Collection FOMU, P/2014/323/2 ©Bieke Depoorter/Magnum Photos

RS115287 2020 0086 0006 scr

Harry Gruyaert, Carnaval, Antwerp, Belgium, 1992, inkjet print, Collection FOMU, 2020/86/6, © Harry Gruyaert

RS91084 P 1992 0144 scr

Dirk Braeckman, Self-portrait nr 36-37, 1989, gelatin silver print, Collection FOMU, P/1992/144, © Dirk Braeckman

RS13595 P 2014 0274 anoniem daguerreo scr

Anonymous, Studio photo of a middle-aged man, bust, with bow around the collar, 1850, daguerreotype, Collection FOMU, P/2014/274

RS104732 P 1972 0129 0003 R scr

Frères Géruzet, Vignetted portrait of a woman, carbon print on cabinet card, Collection FOMU, P/1972/129/3

RS14183 2017 0046 Augustijns Annemie scr

Annemie Augustijns, Refugees in blue building, Brussels 2009 from the series Red, Yellow, Blue, Salon van horizontalen en verticalen, Lambda print, Collection FOMU, 2017/46, © Annemie Augustijns

RS126333 2020 0089 scr

Zanele Muholi, Phaphama at Cassihaus, North Carolina, 2016 from the series Somnyama Ngonyama (Hail the Dark Lioness), inkjet print on wallpaper, Collection FOMU, 2020/89, © Zanele Muholi, Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson, New York

RS14053 2015 0034 0004 0000 Hannes Nick scr

Nick Hannes, Asylum seekers, Athens, Greece from the series Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man (2010-2014), inkjet print, Collection FOMU, 2015/34/4, © Nick Hannes / SOFAM

RS8480 P 1996 0130 0002 Nadar scr

Nadar, Mademoiselle Yvonne Lévy, 1892, photogravure, Collection FOMU, P/1996/130/2

RS10497 P 2002 0014 Muybridge Eadweard scr

Eadweard Muybridge, Daisy jumping a hurdle, saddled, preparing for the leap, 1887, collotype, Collection FOMU, P/2002/14

RS161792 2021 0034 scr Cohen Lynne

Lynne Cohen, Untitled (Abstraction), 2002-2012, chromogenic print, Collection FOMU, 2021/34, © Lynne Cohen

RS5115 P 1973 0164 0002 Borrenbergen Jozef Emiel scr

Jozef Emiel Borrenbergen, Wakende Vleugels (Watchful Wings), 1949, gelatin silver print, Collection FOMU, P/1973/164/2, © Jozef Emiel Borrenbergen

RS11040 P 2003 0007 0002 Van Parys Germaine scr

Germaine Van Parys, Albert Einstein on the Antwerp Scheldedocks, 1930, gelatin silver print, Collection FOMU, P/2003/7/2, © Germaine Van Parys / Foundation Germaine Van Parys

RS5137 P 1973 0228 anoniem ambrotypie scr

Anonymous, Group portrait of three students, 1870, ambrotype, Collection FOMU, P/1973/228

RS14124 2016 0006 0002 0000 Hoek Jan scr

Jan Hoek, Maria (33 years), animal keeper. 2nd choice, from the series New Ways Of Photographing The New Masai, 2013, inkjet print, Collection FOMU, 2016/6/2, © Jan Hoek

RS14134 2016 0012 0000 0000 Callemin Tom scr

Tom Callemin, Examination, 2015, inkjet print, Collection FOMU, 2016/12, © Tom Callemin

RS107039 2020 0045 scr delbrouck

Vincent Delbrouck, Sweetest things, 2016, collage, Collection FOMU, 2020/45 © Vincent Delbrouck

RS8406 P 1995 0047 0042 Maes Freya scr

Freya Maes, Antwerp: Grand Place from the series Real Fake, 1994, chromogenic print, Collection FOMU, P/1995/47/42, © Freya Maes

Leffler RS88781 2020 0010 scr

Lucas Leffler, Old Factory - Steel Wall 01 from the series Zilverbeek , 2017, gelatin silver print on steel, Collection FOMU 2020/10, © Lucas Leffler

RS3999 P 1967 0044 Misonne Léonard scr 1

Léonard Misonne, Anvers sous la Pluie, 1932, bromoil print, Collection FOMU, P/1967/44

RS4949 P 1972 0020 0004 Downey William Daniël scr

W. & D. Downey, The Misses Dene, circa 1893, Woodburytype, Collection FOMU, P/1972/20/1

RS6141 P 1978 0150 0025 Man Ray scr

Man Ray, Solarisation, Fingers, 1931, gelatin silver print, Collection FOMU, P/1978/150/25, © Man Ray / SABAM

RS4740 P 1971 0004 0002 Talbot William Henry Fox scr

William Henry Fox Talbot, Leaves, 1840, calotype, Collection FOMU, P/1971/4/2

RS111390 2020 0076 scr

Sébastien Reuzé, Soleil#01-06-F08, 2017, chromogenic print, Collection FOMU, 2020/76 © Sébastien Réuze

Sano schedel

Paul Sano, Skull of a feline, 1909, glass plate positive, Collection FOMU

Barnor 2022 0024

James Barnor, Self-portrait with a model during James Barnor's training at the Agfa-Gevaert laboratory in Mortsel, Belgium, 1969, Lambda print, Collection FOMU, 2022/24, © James Barnor

RS7753 P 1992 0187 Ghémar Louis scr

Louis Ghémar, Leopold I, 1856, salt print, Collection FOMU, P/1992/187

RS3472 P 1966 0039 daguerreotype scr

Anonymous, Portrait of a gentleman with a little girl on his lap, 1840-1865, daguerreotype, Collection FOMU, P/1966/3

RS14030 2015 0013 0000 0000 de Lattre Vandewinckel scr

Juliette de Lattre & Emile Vandewinckel, Studio portrait of a lady with bicycle, 1910, collodion printing-out paper, Collection FOMU, 2015/13, © de Lattre & Vandewinckel

RS103138 P 1970 0092 R scr

Allain De Torbéchet & Cie., Le Jongleur (The Juggler), albumen print, 1862-1864, Collection FOMU, P/1970/92

Album 2013 0032

Anonymous, Album of the Antwerp Osterrieth family, circa 1890-1905, photo album, Collection FOMU, P/2013/32

RS87732 P 1981 0061 0002 R familie duinen

Anonymous, Family portrait in the dunes by the sea, Belgian coast, circa 1933, stereo card, Collection FOMU, P/1981/61/2

RS222889 2023 0034 0002 Lebohang

Lebohang Kganye, Ke Bapala seyalemoya bosiu ka naeterese II, from the series Her Story, 2013, digital print, Collection FOMU, 2023/34/2 © Lebohang Kganye

RS164439 BK 9260 Goiris mirror

Geert Goiris, Mirror, from the series World Without Us, 2013, inkjet print, Collection FOMU/Flemish Community, BK/9260 ©Geert Goiris

RS180705 2021 0043 0004 scr

Mous Lamrabat, The American Scream, 2021, inkjet-print, Collection FOMU, 2021/43/4 © Mous Lamrabat

RS7701 P 1992 0004 Guidalevitch Victor boerentoren

Victor Guidalevitch, The 'Boerentoren' (Farmers' Tower) in Antwerp under construction, 1929-1931, gelatin silver print, Collection FOMU, P/1992/4, © Victor Guidalevitch

Van Besten autochroom

Alphonse Van Besten, Woman reading in the garden, 1907-26, autochrome, Collection FOMU

P 1971 0447 0012 Underwood Pisa

Underwood & Underwood, The famous Leaning Tower and Cathedral at Pisa (east), Italy., stereo card, Collection FOMU, P/1971/447/12

RS5144 P 1973 0241 ferrotypie kermisfoto

Anonymous, Man and woman in carriage (funfair photograph), 1906, tintype, Collection FOMU, P/1973/24