About the IAH Photoarchives

The Photographic Collection is a unit responsible for the gathering, processing and providing user support for, photographic material, and they represent an expert infrastructural support to research programmes of the IAH and other scientific research programmes, as well as for museums, galleries and educational institutions in Croatia.

The Photographic Collection Fund, which has been collected from the very establishment of the IAH (in 1961), nowadays represents a significant collection of photographic documentation regarding the research of art works and cultural heritage (painting, sculpture, architecture and arts & crafts).

Throughout the years, IAH Photographic Collection has employed a number of top Croatian photographers: Nenad Gattin, Mihael Ostrovidov, Branko Balić, Krešimir Tadić as well as Ante Rendić Miočević, Višnja Crnolatac, Vjekoslav Urukalović, Slobodan Tadić, Igor Nikolić, Jovan Kliska, Milan Drmić and, presently Paolo Mofardin (photographer and photo laboratory technician).

Systematization and processing of the Photographic Collection started in 1966, when Ivanka Reberski launched the project named "Fundamental Documentation for Art History", with the Collection as an integral part of it. In processing the documentation, great contribution was given by Đurđa Kovačić, Nada Grujić, Vlasta Zajec, Marinka Fruk and other researchers. Special credit for the formation of the Collection belongs to Branko Balić, whose oeuvre is kept as a separate collection (Branko Balić Photo Archives) and to Krešimir Tadić, whose records of cultural heritage remained preserved in the Photographic Collection, and are still actively used in scientific research and for other purposes.

Here you can download a catalogue of the selection from the Photoarchives that represent art (painting and sculpture) in Croatia from 12th till mid 20th century.


The Photographic Collection has approximately 60,000 mostly b/w negatives of various format, of which over 25,000 refers to paintings and sculptures systematically arranged by names of artists (over 1,200 authors). Approximately 29,000 negatives of built heritage is systematically arranged by alphabetical order according to site (around 1,000 sites, mostly part of the Republic of Croatia), with Koprivnica, Križevci, Ludbreg, Karlovac, Rijeka, Zagreb, and Dubrovnik distinguished as individual units. The collection also includes over 15,000 printed photographs (searchable by names of artists and/or sites) and 1,000 diacolors (format 6x6 and Leica). The processed material is searchable through database.

Since 2003 the Institute implemented digital photo equipment as a standard; photos are systematized and processed by Adobe products and are accessible to emloyees and associate scholars by repository and platform Modulor (since 2016).

Photoarchives Nenad Gattin and Branko Balić

Special photoarchive collections as part of IAH's Photoarchives are personal legacies of Nenad Gattin (since 2016) and Branko Balić (since 1977).

Photographic documentation donated by IAH researchers

The donation from the legacy of Prof. Radovan Ivančević (2007/2008) includes around 22,000 negatives and diapositives of Croatian and international monuments, as well as TV recordings, which are a valuable resource for researchers and educators.

The donation from the legacy of Đurđica Cvitanović (2010) includes original photographic documentation that was used in the preparation of numerous studies and publications of the scientist (larger units are Zagreb, Požega, Karlovac, Pokupsko, Paulines). The donation is in the primary stage of curation and is not available to external users.

Photographicdocumentation, as part of donation from the legacy of Olga Maruševski (2009), is stored in the Photographic Collection and is in the primary stage of curation.

The donation from the legacy of Miljenka Fischer, which has gone through the primary stage of systematization, includes photographic and other documentation referring to larger research units of Križevci, Koprivnica, Bjelovac, Petrinja, Čazma, Čakovec, Karlovac, and Virovitica.

Photographic documentation which is part of Grgo Gamulin Archives includes mostly the documentation used for the synthesis of 19th and 20th century Croatian painting, that remains a significant contribution to the knowledge of these periods of Croatian art.