The main focus of the collection is on fashion photography in the broadest sense. The collection includes major omnibus volumes of ‘art photography around 1900’ and fashion photography of the 1920s and 1930s such as works from Baron de Meyer, Madame D' Ora, George Hoyningen-Huene, Erwin Blumenfeld, Yva and Imre von Santho. Moreover in the recent years the focus was on the early days of photography, represented among others by the works of photographers like David Octavius Hill, Robert Adamson and Adolphe Eugène Disderi.
Fashion photography after the Second World War is represented by extensive omnibus volumes of Regina Relang, Hubs Flöter, Norbert Leonard, Sonja Georgi and others.
The international place of the collection in this area is held by numerous works of Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Norman Parkinson, Lilian Bassman, William Klein, Frank Horvat, David LaChapelle and others.
Fashion photography – as visualisation of ‘zeitgeist’ as it becomes manifest in postures, gestures, facial expressions and clothes – always mirrors the attitude towards life of an era. Also on this note photographers are part of the collection who reach beyond the limits of the genre fashion photography and document in their work the ever changing lifestyle. Among others there are Gabriele and Helmut Nothhelfer, Diane Arbus, Neal Slavin, Ralph Gibson, Larry Clark, Joel Peter Witkin, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Mark Morrisroe, Philip Lorca diCorcia and Wolfgang Tillmans.
The collection also holds major omnibus volumes of nude photography by Wilhelm von Gloeden, Bill Brandt, Allan Jones, Eikoh Hosoe, Les Krims, Robert Mapplethorpe, Shinya Fujiwara, Nobuyoshi Araki and Bruce Weber, to name but a few.
From the field of documentary photography and "street photography" the following photographers shall be mentioned: Barbara Klemm, Sebastiao Salgado, Josef Koudelka, Antanas Sutkus and Evgenij Mochorev.
Finally, since the mid 1980s, more and more works of visual artists who use the medium of photography found their way into the collection, such as Jürgen Klauke, Walter Dahn, Georg Herold, Günther Förg, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen and Thomas Locher, but also Andy Warhol, Fischli and Weiss, Christopher Williams, Zoe Leonard, John Waters and Jenny Holzer.