The image archive “Das Bild des Orients" contains about 100,000 analogue and digital images: c. 30.000 slides, black & white prints and negatives are in the process of being digitized and transferred into the online database step by step. At the same time the digital (CANON EOS 20D / EOS 5D M II) and analogue photographic material is continuously being enlarged.
The core field is the architecture of Turkey and the Middle East (Syria, Yemen, Iran) and Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan) from the beginning of the Islamic period (7th century) until today.
Another main area is the Gulf region (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain Qatar, UAE, and Oman), a region under extreme development in the last years. See e.g. the rising skyline of Doha, Qatar
Increasingly important is the sektion of HISTORICAL PHOTO MATERIAL click here
=> ADVANCED SEARCH (left side)
The database in ADVANCED SEARCH provides the possibility to search c. 4000 images according to four main categories, as well as to region (more than 40 countires), time (period or dynasty) and specific topics, which can also be combined, e.g. you can search for an architectural detail of a madrasa in Turkey during the Rum-Seljuq period (12th to 13th century).