Collaboration paruspaper & ullstein bild
For over a century, ullstein bild has been collecting, documenting, and preserving authentic photography. Through buying the Stahl und Assmann printing house in Zimmerstrasse as well as the newspaper Berliner Zeitung in Berlin, Leopold Ullstein founded the flourishing publishing house in 1877. His most successful titles are the "Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung" and the "Berliner Morgenpost". His five sons added the publications „B.Z. am Mittag“, „Die grüne Post“, „Tempo“, „Die Dame“, „Der Querschnitt“ and „Uhu“, just to name a few of them. What was new, was the close collaboration between editors and photographers.
Newspapers, magazines, articles and, above all, images, were collected right from the beginning. In 1921 the Ullstein & Co. publishing house became Ullstein AG. It flourished in the following years. At the same time, printing technologies were improving. From the late 1920s onwards, the Siemens-Karolus-Telefunken apparatus enabled telegraphic image transmission via telephone cables. This decisive development made Ullstein AG the first publishing house in Germany that could acquire and sell photos worldwide. In 1929, the picture editing team received around 10,000 drawings and photographs a month. Important photographers from the Weimar Republic worked for the Ullstein titles and contributed immensely to the development of the "picture reportage"; their photographs are still stored in the in-house image archive.
The stock of photos, which had grown to several million motifs by the end of the Second World War, survived the air raids on Berlin almost unscathed. Thanks to this stroke of luck, the ullstein bild photo agency is still home to one of the world's most important collections of historical photography. paruspaper faces the amazing challenge of choosing special photo treasures in order to make them accessible to a larger audience. Published in outstanding print quality, our postcards and calendars become small works of art. These ultimately build a bridge between the fascination and attraction for everyday life in the “Roaring Twenties” to our very present day, 100 years later.