Das Bild des Orients is a specialized analogue und digital image archive, offering a great variety of authentic images of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Region for research, publication or private use.
Strong fields are Islamic Architecture of the Near East (esp. Turkey, Syria, Israel/ Palestine, Yemen, Iran) as well as the Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia) and Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan, Tadzhikistan) from the beginning of the Islamic Period, i.e. from the 7th century until today. Historical buildings (mosques, madrasas etc.) in the old city of Cairo, Egypt are also well documented.
The analogue archives contain
- More than 30.000 slides
- Middle format slides (6x6 cm - Rollei SL 66)
- Black and white prints
- Historical Images - color and black/ white images from the 1950s and 1960s
Read more: Images of the Orient
Some research projects are presented here, linked to images from the image archive. Various related publications are accessible on academia.edu.
Read more: Research Topics
Katharina Otto-Dorn (1908-1999)
Prof. Katharina Otto-Dorn (b. Käthe Dorn) stood in direct succession of the founding generation of Islamic Art History, scholars and researchers as Friedrich Sarre (1865-1945) and Josef Strzygowski (1862-1941), the supervisor of Katharina Otto-Dorn in Vienna (dissertation thesis on Sassanian Silverware in 1933).
Read more: Archives Katharina Otto-Dorn
Eva Hoeck (1917-1995)
Dr. Eva Höck (1917-1995) can be considered as one of the few female European 'Yemen pioneers'. She worked as s doctor in the Harem of the Imam in Taizz (North Yemen) and in Hadramaut (South Yemen) in the late 1940s and 1950s. In Shibam she was able to build up the first hospital. About this time she published "Doctor amongst the Bedouins" (London 1962).
Read more: Archives Eva Hoeck
Erich Holm von Prosch (1909-1994)
The geologist Dr. Erich Holm von Prosch was one of the few Europeans who worked in the 1950s in Northern Yemen for a longer period. During the reign of Imam Ahmad bin Yahya (1948-1962) he lived from 1954 to 1956 in Salif on the Red Sea with a group of geologists, geophysicists and topographers (C. Deilmann, Prakla) in a newly built camp to explore the possibilities of a successful search for crude oil in the Tihama.
Read more: Archives Erich Holm von Prosch