The August Sander Archive which was acquired in 1992 provided the impulse for the founding of this institution and determines the direction of its activities. It is the largest compilation of the photographer's original works worldwide and is complimented by documents, books and other materials from his estate.
Since 1996 the venue of the Photographische Sammlung has been number 7 MediaPark which it shares with the other departments of the SK Stiftung Kultur. The building also houses other cultural institutions such as the Volkshochschule Köln (adult education centre), MusikFabrik NRW, Akademie der Künste der Welt (academy of the arts of the world) and ZADIK, the central archive of the international art trade. With regard to Sander'rs objective and concept-oriented photography the collection was expanded to include works in keeping with his approach by other historically important and contemporary artists such as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Karl Blossfeldt, Jim Dine and Candida Höfer.
The exhibition programme is based on the items of the collection and their artistic benchmarks. Irrespective of whether an exhibition has an historical or contemporary focus, the artist’s intentions are always at the centre of the presentations. There is no permanent exhibition of the collection.
For further information regarding special exhibitions please visit the homepage of the museum.