The Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo


Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo (also written as "SZ Photo") is the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper’s photo agency. The content focuses on contemporary history, personalities and a look at Munich from the past to the present day. The collection includes a large historical photo archive as well as current images by photographers from the Süddeutsche Zeitung, reports by renowned photojournalists and works by the award-winning photographer Regina Schmeken. Unique holdings from historical archives and selected international partners, including Scherl, Rue des Archives, Science & Society Picture Library, Forum and Imagno complete the portfolio.

SZ Photo is also represented by renowned photo agencies, such as laif and Alamy, at home and abroad. About four million images subject to licence are available for download at Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo.

The agency’s history

Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo, formerly known as "SV-Bilderdienst", has been active both in Germany and internationally as a photo agency for press photography and photo reports since 1956. The basis of the historical collection of photos comes from the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper’s archive with approx. 550,000 historical photos from the Münchner Neueste Nachrichten newspaper and part of the collection from the Berlin Scherl Verlag publishing house’s photo archive. Over the years, this has been joined by work by photographers from the Süddeutsche Zeitung and other Süddeutscher Verlag publications, such as the Münchner Illustrierte, as well as images by freelance photographers and from German and international partner agencies. Large parts of the archive holdings have already been digitised and are available for customers to search and download from the database.

Exhibitions under the participation of the"Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo" available on bavarikon


Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo
Dokumentations- und InformationsZentrum München GmbH
Hultschiner Str. 8
81677 München

Telephone: +49 (0) 89 2183 302