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Photo library

    The Photo Library of the Warsaw Uprising Museum is made up of over 7000 archival photographs and is constantly growing. We present photography documenting the Warsaw Uprising from August and September of 1944, as well as the showing of Warsaw before the Second World War, from the years of the German occupation from 1939-1944, and post-war reconstruction. We post images of both professional photographers, such as the Military Press Reporter (PSW) working on the Home Army’s orders; together with amateur photographers, who spontaneously joined in documenting important events. There are also images taken by unknown authors, Polish and German, of which the Museum owns originals copies. The Warsaw Uprising Museum grants publishing licenses to the contents of this photography collection. The majority of the photography series are scanned negatives, maintaining the frame sequences , allowing the viewer to reconstruct the series of events as the author had intended. Photographs originating from albums also maintain the same order as arranged in the photographer’s album. Of the years passed from the documented events, these photographs give us a priceless source of historical knowledge. Stopping on a single frame is a direct experience of its time, kept unchanged by later intrusions. The photographs provides us with information, which so often escapes and fades from one’s memories.


  • In order to simplify the use of the photography resources, we enabled a subdivision within the topic categories, covering the most commonly appearing motifs. We also isolated the most sought images. We created a separate section with author’s galleries, in order to present briefs on the photographers, their biographies in a addition to a short description of the images. Each archived image is provided with a through description. Photographs ordered for personal, educational, research purposes are released free of charge.

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