The Museum für Völkerkunde in Hamburg holds some 70,000 photographs with a colonial connection – and roughly half of them are devoted to the African continent. As part of the research project led by Prof. Jürgen Zimmerer, these photographs are now to be made available to a broader public. The focus is on photographs from the former German South West Africa, now known as Namibia; indeed, not only German academics are involved in the project but also Namibian artists, who approach the images from a new perspective. The photos are being edited, published and analysed in close cooperation by the museum and the research centre “Hamburg’s (post-)colonial legacy/Hamburg and (early) globalisation” at Universität Hamburg to create a visual history of colonialism and enable a fresh “look” at German colonial rule in southern Africa. The project is being supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and ZEIT-Stiftung.