The Archiv künstlerischer Fotografie der rheinischen Kunstszene (Archive of Artistic Photography from the Rhineland Art Scene), or AFORK, was established by Stephan von Wiese in 2003 and is housed in the Museum Kunstpalast. It is hoped that the photographs collected in the archive will make the history of art in Düsseldorf and the Rhineland since the end of World War II more tangible – they document events which cannot be presented effectively through either written sources or art objects. The continuously growing collection already encompasses approximately 6000 photographs.
The archive was built around the works of important photographers such as Bernd Jansen, Benjamin Katz, Erika Kiffl, Ute Klophaus, and Manfred Leve. Represented in the meantime are circa 60 photoartists. The focus is on photoseries which document actions, performances, and happenings – art forms which are preserved and conveyed with greater effectiveness via the medium of photography. There are also images produced in connection with major exhibitions or in the milieu of the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Also present in the collection are striking portraits of artists and other protagonists of the art scene.