Photo Archive

More than 600.000 photos in this collection show the history of Hungarian theatre from the last decades of the 19th century. A constant raise in the social prestige of actors is shown by the fact that the most famous studio photographers of the era decided to immortalize the theatre players. The biggest unit of our Photo Archive comprises the photos of Ella Wellesz, who photographed almost all the theatre premieres from the 1930’s to the 1970’s. The Hungarian theatre performances, the notable events of theatre history are primarily documented by the photographers of the Hungarian Photo and Hungarian News Agency: Tamás Farkas, Éva Keleti, Béla Ilovszky, Éva Horvát, Imre Földi. The collection is being constantly digitized, today we have about 35,000 photos accessible in digital format online from 1860 to 1990.