ESL 124: Finding Photographs and Images

  • AP Images  Photo archive covering all news subjects dating back to 1840.
  • ARTstor  Digital library of approximately 700,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences.

  • Flickr (http://www.flickr.com) Free image hosting site where users can share photos. Be sure to check the box next to only search within Creative Commons-licensed content and be sure to note if you need to give attribution (credit) for each photo. 
  • Flickr Commons (http://www.flickr.com/commons) “World’s public photography archives” submitted by participating cultural institutions. 
  • Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/) Media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips). Be sure to check if you need to give proper attribution for using an image. 
  • Google Images Advanced Search (http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search) Under the "usage rights" limit, select one of the four conditions that apply.
  • World Images (http://worldimages.sjsu.edu/)  Approximately 100,000 images, global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. 

  • Life Magazine Photo Archive (http://images.google.com/hosted/life) Images from the 1860s to the 1970s owned by Life. Also see Life covers (http://life.time.com/)
  • San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection (http://sflib1.sfpl.org:82/) Photographs from the San Francisco Public Library's Historical Collection.
  • Calisphere (http://www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu/) More than 150,000 digitized items—including photographs and works of art—reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.
  • Search for library books containing photographs and illustrations. Click on the item’s title, and under Details, and look for ill. (illustrations) in the Descript field. Also try searching using the key phrase pictorial works (e.g., war pictorial works).