Photos identify, study and document buildings. They register the built environment and record an evolving, transient or bygone reality. Visual material occupies an important place in the collection of the Flanders Architecture Institute. It consists of negatives, slides, prints and films, both in black and white and in colour.

For architectural historians, photographs are a natural and indispensable part of their studies. They provide information about moments of interest, such as exhibitions, fairs, trips or meetings. The medium can also be used artistically, when photographs showcase the architectural qualities of a building or are in themselves art objects.

"Our collection comprises about some 15,000 photos, negatives and slides."
‐ Wim Luyckx, collection manager

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