The Pictorialism Portal is an online catalogue encompassing more than 2,300 objects. This digitised publication makes one of the most significant collections of Berlin's Kunstbibliothek accessible to the public. The Portal also enables unprecedented individual research into the imagery, publications and exhibitions of art photography at the turn of the last century.
At the heart of the project is the collection of Ernst Juhl (1850-1915), one of the most important patrons of Pictorialism in Germany. Together with the Fritz Matthies-Masuren Collection, the Ernst Juhl Collection – which has now been opened up to researchers and conservators – forms the core of the Kunstbibliothek's holdings on art photography from this period.
In addition to this, indexing the Pictorialism research archive compiled by photography historian Enno Kaufhold made it possible to contextualize the Kunstbibliothek’s own holdings, and to expand the Portal's databank by around 1,700 objects.
A number of search functions enable users to conduct individual research into the history of turn-of-the-century art photography. Furthermore, the portal publishes current research results – which will also be presented at the Museum for Photography in Berlin from 21 to 23 November 2013, under the title of "Inspirations – Interactions: Pictorialism Reconsidered".
For further information visit Piktorialismus