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.
We are independent, and refrain from any advertising. Pictures can be ordered at favourable conditions via the Cart.
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 (Uzbeskistan, 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. See Country Overview.
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 from the archives of Erich Holm von Prosch (Yemen, Turkey, a.o.), Eva Hoeck (Yemen, Ethiopia) und Katharina Otto-Dorn (Turkei, Syria, a.o.)
Images from Xinjiang (East Turkestan, today West China) visited in 2006 are documenting historical mosques and mausolea, urban landscape, e.g. the office block of Rabiya Kadeer in Ürümqi as well as colorful markets (bazar) or camels at the margins of the Taklamkan desert.
Another main area is the Gulf region (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, and Oman), a region under extreme change and development in the last years. See e.g. the rising skyline of Doha, Qatar and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.
For the systematical research in the archives click here, where also an alphabetical list of all covered countries from Egypt to UAE (more than 40) can be found under "region" in "advanced search".
Photographs on Islamic applied arts, Ethnographic motives, views on landscape and people are also available. See Country and People.