Dusseldorf has been home to several prominent German photographers including Andreas Gurksy. Shown here is his 2016 photograph Les Mées © Andreas Gursky / DACS, 2017, courtesy of Sprüth Magers

The German parliaments budget committee has approved funding of €41 million for a new institution it intends to build in Dusseldorf to preserve, archive and publicise the nation's photographic cultural heritage.

The German culture minister, Monika Grütters, said in a statement that the preference to locate the institution in Dusseldorf “is a reference to the great photographic tradition of the city and region,” where photographers including Bernd and Hiller Becher, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth have worked and taught. Grütters said that a definite decision for the city depends on co-financing from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, of which Dusseldorf is the capital.

Grütters has appointed a team of photography experts to determine the structure and tasks of the new institute, which she sees as necessary to address “a considerable backlog in securing the visual memory of our society.”

Neighbouring countries including the Netherlands, France, Austria and Switzerland have already established national institutions to manage the legacies of Read More – Source