The Frobenius Institute’s online image database consists of 100,000 images produced between 1830 and the 1960s mainly during numerous expeditions mainly to Africa, but also to Oceania, Australia, Europe and South America. The holdings have two different levels of indexation and range of metadata:

1) The photo archive (about 60,000 images). Digitization of these images has been undertaken by the photographic department of the Frobenius Institute, mainly by producing scans of the small prints contained in over a hundred large photo catalogues. Most of these images have yet to be indexed and described thoroughly. In most cases better quality pictures can be obtained by using the available negatives.

2) The ethnographic pictorial archive and the rock art archive (together about 40,000 images) consist of 80% illustrations (watercolour, pencil, ink etc.) and of 20% b/w vintage photographic prints. In the years 2006 to 2009 these images were digitized and to a great extend described and indexed with financial support from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The image's metadata are mainly in German language.

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