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Archivio Locchi

The Archivio Storico Foto Locchi, under the protection of the Ministry for Cultural Assets and Activities and containing material of unequalled historic and artistic value, is considered one of the world’s foremost collections of its kind.

A continually expanding corpus of images, which thanks to recent acquisitions now counts upwards of 5 million photographs recounting the history of Florence and Tuscany from the 1930s to the present, preserved in the form of the original negatives.

Images from the worlds of sports, entertainment, and fashion, and reportages of great events in history – as well as “minor” picturesque fragments that tell of customs and daily life, yesterday as today.

The Foto Locchi mission is and always has been to keep alive the Archivio’s exceptional heritage and the immense iconographic wealth it represents, and to make it available to the public, that it may become not only an avant-garde tool but also a point of reference and a source of inspiration for companies, professionals, scholars and students, and aficionados of photography and history.

In March 2014 the new website was inaugurated.


In 1924, landscape photographer Tullio Locchi, also an esteemed war photographer and official photographer to the royal family, decided to found a studio and shop in the city center: Foto Locchi in Piazza Vittorio, today’s Piazza della Repubblica.