Haeckel Collection

Photography time travel to the early 20th century

Press photography from 1900 - The Haeckel Brothers              

They came to Berlin in 1905 and founded their own image agency shortly after: Otto Haeckel (1872-1945) and Georg Haeckel (1873-1942) are among the most innovative and renowned press photographers of their time.

Their work includes expressive photo motifs from imperial times, World War I, and the Weimar Republic, extraordinary photos from every-day life and political events as well as war photography. At ullstein bild, you will find the most extensive collection of Haeckel photos worldwide. They will provide you with a glimpse of the social life of the early 20th century.

Available in digitised form for you: Photography of historical moments

The press photographers Georg and Otto Haeckel played a significant role in the development of photography in Germany. We pay tribute to this achievement with our Haeckel Project during which we digitised the complete inventory for today’s use. More than 10,000 original copies from glass plates were scanned with the highest quality and the subjects registered by text. You can now search them using full-text search in the Haeckel Collection at ullstein bild.

Are you interested in this unparalleled collection or in individual subjects? Make use of our expertise in the photography of the Haeckel brothers and let yourself be captured by these exceptional historical photos of which many have never been published.

Your photography time machine - climb on board

Ice cream vendor in Rotterdam, around 1900. or: Horse market in Berlin-Charlottenburg, around 1910. or: Warrior German East Africa, around 1910. Simply enter “Haeckel” into the search field at www.ullsteinbild.de and begin your personal journey through the time and world of the Haeckel Brothers.


Dr. Katrin
Senior Manager Asset & Exhibition
+49 30 2591 73164


Individual support for every utilisation purpose
Digitisation of original photos
Worldwide usage rights


More than 10,000 images
Large amount of previously unpublished images
Researched and verified image content
Professional tagging

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