Promoting Natural & Cultural History
Over the years, various undertakings by IK around the world – e.g. field work, expeditions, research and publicise projects – have generated a unique collection of Natural & Cultural History related pictures. Subjects include pictures from the air, land and sea with a focus on landscape, geography and art. Given the background of these pictures, most of them can be considered unique – in some cases groundbreaking – and with particular scientific and documentary value, but of course they also have many other merits and uses.
The earliest pictures date from the late 19th century although most are from the second half of the 20th century – the collection is extensively added to with pictures from various enterprises or projects. One such special enterprise is iBirdsEye, IK's dedicated department for aerial photography!
One of The IK Foundation's mottos is to see everything very long-term, therefore we believe it is important that as far as possible, practically and economically, our picture collections – which include photographs, videos, panoramas, art, patterns and illustrations – can be made available and free to use for all during a Creative Commons license.
To cope with this long-term program, we welcome cooperation with interested funds and philanthropists who are seriously interested in participating in our work! A work that allows more people access to the collections and not least its preservation into the future.
We publish pictures in digitised form on our special and dedicated sites via SmugMug, Vimeo and Dermandar. In addition, digital originals (such as JPG and very large RAW formats) are long-term archived in IK's internal servers in Switzerland, Germany and Scandinavia.