Tyrolean Archive of photographic documentation and art (TAP)


The Tyrolean Archive is a permanent and sustainable institution for the historic regional area "East Tyrol - South Tyrolean Puster Valley.

Using the medium of photography, the Tyrolean Archive manages to convey the connecting element of the Puster Valley by historical recordings and the common ground within the European Region of Tyrol through artistic imagery.

The Tyrolean Archive is both a factor of identity at local / regional level and an essential contribution to cross-border documentation of the entire country's development.

The Tyrolean Archive is a unique memory storage of knowledge protection and knowledge transfer.

The Tyrolean Archive is an innovative stimulus for photo art in North, East, and South Tyrol.



From January 2011 to March 2015 the Tyrolean Archive with its offices in Lienz and Brunico was funded with financial means of the European program Interreg IV Italy-Austria and subsequently, up to the end of 2016, by the governments of Tyrol and South Tyrol. From January 2017 until December 2019 the new EU Interreg V project “Cultural Treasure Photograph” is going to be realized.


Association Board Members:

Chairman: Dr. Richard Piock
First Deputy Chairman: LA DI Elisabeth Blanik, Mayoress of the Town of Lienz
Second Deputy Chairman: Dr. Ursula Steinkasserer Goldwurm, Councillor of Education, Town of Bruneck - Brunico
Recording Clerk: Architect DI Peter Paul Rohracher, Lienz
Treasurer: Dr. Christian Steininger, MBL, Deputy Notary, Municipal Council of the Town of Lienz
Dr. Sonja Hartner, Director of the Town Library of Bruneck - Brunico


Association Manager:

Mag. (FH) Mag. Oskar Januschke, Head of the City Marketing Department and the Department of Environment and Civil Protection of the Town of Lienz


The team of the Tyrolean Archive:

Director: Dr. Martin Kofler, MA
Employee: Evelyn Müller


The Strategy

The key words of the physical protection, accessibility and promotion of the photographic cultural and historical treasure from East Tyrol and the South Tyrolean Puster Valley are: purposeful collecting – high quality digitalizing – long-term archiving – communicating by Internet portal, exhibitions, and workshops.