We have obtained NIR surface photometry of a subsample of 102 mainly late-type galaxies in the Virgo cluster complete to . Magnitudes, diameters, concentration indices within the 21.5 and 22.0 mag arcsec isophote and total H and K' magnitudes are derived.
The NIR light profiles cover a substantial fraction of the optical diameter and in most cases are consistent with pure disks. Substantial bulges, producing , are found among the reddest and most early type objects.
The overall B and K' luminosity distributions are consistent with , but there is a trend, more closely linked to galaxian mass than to morphology, for the galaxies to become bluer with progressively fainter K' magnitudes.
We wish to thank B. Binggeli, R. Lenzen, J. Lequeux, H. Völk and C. Xu for their encouragement and advice throughout the conception and realisation of this work. We thank the MAGIC team at MPI für Astronomie for their skillful operational support and for several helpful discussions about data reduction. We thank the referee, R. Peletier, for valuable comments which helped improving the manuscript. A.B. is supported through the Verbundforschung Astronomie/Astrophysik of DARA under grant # 50-OR-95018.