The FOMU's collection of photographic equipment shows the development of photographic technology from camera obscura to the digital camera. Our versatile collection features almost all camera types and technical innovations. It includes cameras from European, American, Russian and Japanese manufacturers, as well as light meters, projectors and lab equipment. The collection also boasts pieces that appeal to the imagination, such as a camera that is over 4 metres long, spy cameras, magic lanterns, and even a carrier pigeon camera.
With 23,000 objects, the FOMU's equipment collection is very diverse and extensive. The lion's share dates from around 1900 to the 1980s. In terms of size and completeness, it distinguishes itself as one of the leading collections in the world. Its unique character has grown thanks to collections from the Agfa-Gevaert company and the historical private collection of the Swiss camera expert Michel Auer. The Kaiserpanorama is one of the most remarkable items of the FOMU collection.