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The largest photographic archive for the history of Florence
The Archivio Storico Foto Locchi Databank
The Archivio Storico Foto Locchi, under the protection of the Ministry for Cultural Assets and Activities and containing material of unequalled historic and artistic value, is considered one of the world's foremost collections of its kind. A continually expanding corpus of images, the historical archive, following recent acquisitions, now counts upwards of 5 million photographs recounting the history of Florence and Tuscany from the 1930s to the present, preserved in the original negatives. Images from the worlds of sports, entertainment, and fashion, as well as reportages of major historical events – in addition to “minor” picturesque fragments of everyday life, from the past as well as the present.
The creation of a digital platform has made it possible to organize this immense wealth of imagery for easy, immediate consultation. The primary mission of the Archivio Foto Locchi is to constitute a point of reference and an avant-garde work-and-study tool for professionals, students, photography buffs, and – indeed – for anyone interested in the history of Florence and the great events and international personalities that the city has hosted. By making available fascinating images with a historic flavor, the Archivio Foto Locchi also hopes to provide inspiration to those who would capture the Florence and Tuscany of today.

Recent acquisitions

In recent years, the Archivio Foto Locchi has expanded its iconographic holdings through the acquisition of two other prestigious Florentine archives, bringing the sum total of archival material to more than 5 million images:

Archivio Italfotogieffe, comprising over 500,000 images relating to news and sports in Florence. An ample section is devoted entirely to soccer: to the Italian national team and, in particular, to the city’s Fiorentina team, whose history it diligently tracks in images – from its beginnings in Via Bellini through our day.

Archivio Foto Levi, containing approximately 1 million images relating to every imaginable aspect of city life from 1947 through the 1970s.