Foto: © Matthias Schönebäumer/Deichtorhallen HamburgFoto: © Matthias Schönebäumer/Deichtorhallen HamburgFoto: © Matthias Schönebäumer/Deichtorhallen Hamburg


Since March 2009 the House of Photography at Deichtorhallen Hamburg has proudly become home to yet another attraction: The F. C. Gundlach Library, with approx. 7,500 publications, is now on permanent loan to the House of Photography and was opened to the public thanks to the support of the Freundeskreis des Haus der Photographie. The library offers specialists, curious individuals and bookworms the opportunity to take a closer look at the treasures it holds twice a week.

Together with the Deichtorhallen’s roughly 2,000 publications, which complement the library’s holdings on the topic of photography, the new reference library, with its great view out over the water, includes more than 9,000 volumes. Six reading stations are available for visitors, where they can also use their own computers. The books are indexed in a digital catalog, and the Library Catalog is now also available online.

Alongside books on the history, theory and practical application of photography, the library also contains works on fashion photography, film and design. The numerous monographs on photo artists constitute the key pillars of the library inventory. Photographic heavyweights such as Richard Avedon, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andreas Gursky, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman and Thomas Struth are featured here.

The library also contains an extensive magazine archive with more than 40 specialist photography magazines on the topics of fashion, reportage, lifestyle and architecture, including Harper’s Bazaar, Life and various international issues of Vogue from the early 20th century to the present day.

Thanks to donations and exchanges, the library is continually growing. In January 2013, for example, the magazine archive was significantly expanded with the generous donation of the Franz Steimer magazine collection.

Opening hours

Tuesday and thursday, 2 − 6 pm.
The library will be closed from 21 December 2017 until 2 January 2018.

Anna Heibel
Tel. +49 (0)40 32 103 − 224