Image Service, Library & Archives
The museum’s research and image services are available for researchers and other customers who want to know more about the collections.
Ask the Museum!
You can ask us about Finnish photography and read earlier questions and answers in our Kysy museolta (Ask the Museum) service. Questions in English are welcome, too.
Take a look at previous questions and answers in English here:
Book an appointment
If you are interested in specific parts of our collections, you can book an appointment in our image services, library and archive.
The service is closed during summer, 19.6. - 11.8.2020.
NOTE! From 16.3.2020 on, we cannot receive visitors in the library or archives.
You are still welcome to contact us through the Kysy museolta web service.
The museum’s library has the largest collection of literature on Finnish photography books, but also includes a wide selection of international photo literature ranging from art books to practical guidebooks, history and theory of photography. It contains altogether approximately 18.000 volumes. You can also find the latest issues of several Finnish and international photography magazines here.
Visits must be appointed beforehand. The library functions as a reference library only.
The museum’s archives contain a wide range of photography-related written documents, clippings, exhibition invitations and posters. The largest archival units consist of material from photographic associations, photographers' studios, or individual photographers. We also have a collection of audiovisual archival material, including interviews of Finnish photographers.
In order to get acquainted with our archives, you need to make an appointment in advance.
For our image archives, see Collections.
Are you looking for images related to a certain topic? The museum’s experts will help you find what you are looking for. Before further inquiries, make sure you have as much information on the subject, theme, date and photographer of the material you are looking for. Customers can order digital files of images from our collections for research and publication purposes. The use of some of the material in the collections may be restricted.
For each order the museum and customer sign a contract. After the order is confirmed, it is charged according to our price list and terms regarding the use of the images. The customer will cover extra costs caused by, for example, packaging, mailing or bank transactions.
The prices below cover the use of a single image. A digitizing cost of 20 €/picture will be charged for images which have not yet been digitized.
The rights for the pictures are given on a single-use basis. Further uses must be negotiated separately.
Journals and daily newspapers 70 €
Illustrations for books 70–120 €
Book cover 140 €
Web pages, one-time payment of 30–100 €
Television, one-time payment of 60–100 €
Post cards, posters (depending on the size of the print run) 140–550 €
Small circulation printed works 30–120 €
Labels, packaging, calendars, brochures etc. 360–800 €
Advertising (the prize depends on the visibility of the campaign)
Printed image 420–800 €
Web commercials 120–600 €
Television and movie theaters 420–800 €
Outdoor advertising 800–2500 €
Digital file for exhibition use 50 €
Publications of non-profit cultural organizations etc. 10 €
Re-use of a previously used image -50 %
Information service (for example manual information retrieval, if over half an hour) 60 €/h
Conservation 60 €/h
Preparation of image files (photographing or scanning) 50 €/h
Image processing 50 €/h
Black and white photographs can be proofed. The price is dictated by work hours and materials used.
Right of use
The rights to the pictures are given on a single-use basis. The right of use cannot be sold or transferred. The Finnish Museum of Photography and the photographer must be credited for the use of the image. The customer has the responsibility of acting in compliance with Finnish laws on copyrights and protection of privacy. (Copyright law 446/1995, law 1654/1995, law 821/2005 copyright act 574/1995)
The photographs cannot be processed or cropped without permission. Images must be returned after use. Digital files cannot be archived, copied or distributed without permission.
Time of delivery
Small orders (1–5 images) will be delivered within a week. Urgent orders will charge an extra of 10–50%. Delivery time of larger orders may vary.
The term of payment is 14 days. Delays in payment are charged with an interest rate in accordance with the Finnish Interest Act.
Compensations for damages
Unauthorized use of images will be charged according to our price-list +100%. Damaged, destroyed or lost material will be charged equal to manufacturing costs +50€.
Researches and publications
The customer will be asked to donate a copy of the research or publication, which uses images from the museum’s collections, to the museum’s library.