Nucius.org is a private project on the history of photography, graphics and printing from the 17th to the 20th century. It contains predominantly digital reproductions of historical photographs, prints, engravings, lithographs of the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Some additional stuff is only available in German.

Relaunch 2018

Until 2017, the website was more or less organized like an image database. Since this mode wasn’t satisfactory at all and some technical issues had set in, I completely restructured and relaunched Nucius in 2018. (The reconstruction, however, will still take some time.)


One thing very, very important to me: This website does not republish material taken from other webpages or online ressources. In most cases it hasn’t been on the web so far at all. Usually you will find a note about the sources used and the origins of the photographs, engravings etc. along with some notes about author and date. It’s quite an open project: I’ll fill this site with old and historic stuff I encounter by the way (meaning: in real life). Since I’m not an art historian, please don’t be so sure the terms used are always absolutely correct. This is also the reason why I sometimes stay quite neutral and short within image descriptions.

Ye olde copyright song

I really try to respect any copyrights. Please note that all the material and media scanned, the copies of books, albums, documents etc. used and reproduced for this website, were digitized by me. So actually, the reproduced pictures, books, documents itself would normally be in the public domain today – please note, that the reproductions on this website, the editing and the modifications done by me, are not. Please respect the effort it takes to find, reproduce and edit this stuff. So in case you want to use single pictures to illustrate content of yours: No problem, but not for commercial purposes, not on websites only built and obviously designed to earn money via affiliate links or ads, make sure to set a link to this website or the original post and state the source clearly. By the way, please don’t do it by hotlinking/inline linking (on a larger scale it’s really annoying, and I don’t get my bandwith for free).

Enjoy, regards.