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Welcome to akg-images!

Hello, we're akg-images, a picture library specialised in fine art, history and vintage photography with well over ten million images.

From our offices in London, Berlin and Paris we license images from our archive for reproduction across a range of media.

We've been helping creative people illustrate their ideas for seventy years!

Looking for an art print for your wall?

We have a selection of our finest images available as high-quality art prints and posters through the leading art publishers King & McGaw.

Please note: Unfortunately we are unable to supply images directly to private individuals for personal use.


Can we help you find the perfect image?

You can search our collection for yourself online, or contact us for free searches and let our imaginative and knowledgeable staff help you find the perfect pictures. Our researchers have access to unscanned material, as well as additional images from our network of partner collections around the globe. If you have questions about licensing and fees, our sales executives are on hand to discuss the options with you.

Click on any of the book covers above to explore our "akg-images has it covered" page and browse some projects we recently had the pleasure of working on, complete with links to the images we supplied.

Interested in book covers?

What's our specialty?

We specialise in history, fine art and photography, with well over ten million images, three million of which are online. Our collection continues to grow every day, with new acquisitions being sourced and added to the archive and website daily. Images are carefully selected for their historical and cultural importance and are thoroughly keyworded and captioned. We cover the cultural history of the world from prehistory to now: find out more about our fantastic collections and photographers.

What's our story?

akg-images was founded in November 1945 by German art collector and journalist Wilfried Göpel under the name “Archiv für Kunst und Geschichte” – Archive for Art and History. Today our archive comprises well over ten million images, which are licensed for editorial and non-editorial projects around the world from our three offices in London, Berlin and Paris. akg-images remains a family-run business to this day.