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NIOD ImageLab

War & Visual Culture from WWII to the Digital Age


NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies is a national and international centre of expertise for interdisciplinary research into the history of world wars, mass violence, and genocides, including their long-term social consequences. In addition, NIOD collects, preserves, and provides access to archives and collections.

The NIOD ImageLab combines the institute’s visual historical research and its valuable and extensive collections to generate new research on war and visual culture.

Rapid developments in visual technology and digital archives continually change how we experience, see, think about, remember and represent war and mass violence. NIOD’s ImageLab focuses on the historical significance and affective force of images developed in the ‘darkroom of history’ and remediated in the present.

A key element in the project is the WWII ImageBank (BeeldbankWO2), a collection of more than 150,000 digitised images relating to World War II, the Holocaust and post-war decolonisation managed by NIOD and publicly available online.

The NIOD ImageLab is supported by the Royal Dutch Academy Institutes Research Fund.

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