Photography / Art Image Databases

The 50 States Project

50 photographers from across the USA. Each photographer lives in one of the 50 States and represents the State where they currently live. Every two months each photographer will be sent an assignment by e-mail, they then have two months to produce one image in response.

Afterimage Gallery

A Gallery for Fine Art Photography

New Orleans, LA, gallery of photographs

The American Museum of Photography

Online museum of photography specializing in online exhibitions of daguerreotypes and early photographic works.

American Photography: A Century of Images

Companion site to the PBS video series. With sections on Art, Photography and War, Digital Truth, Presidential Images, Persuasion, Social Change, and Cultural Identity.

Aperture Foundation


Fine Art Search Engine for artists, art movements, and art museums.

The Art History Archive at the Lilith Gallery of Toronto

The Online Photography Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago

Art of the Photogravure

Resource dedicated to the photogravure.

artnet’s Artist Works Catalogue

Resource of updated artists’ monographs.


An online platform for discovering and collecting art. Artsy provides a large collection of contemporary art, and (powered by The Art Genome Project) pathways for discovering works and artists.

Asia Art Archive

Comprehensive collections of contemporary Asian art.

The Athenaeum

Database of over 40,000 artworks. Open site that allows users to upload images.

The Center for Creative Photography Collections at the University of Arizona Libraries

The Center for Creative Photography Digital Collections

Collections of Photographs available on the University of Arizona Insitutional Repository

Curt Teich Postcard Archive

Most extensive postcard collection in America. Wauconda, IL.

Dia Art Foundation Artists’ Web Projects

Flickr’s The Commons

Photographs from the world’s public photography archives. Site contains images and a list of participating institutions.

George Eastman House Photography Collections Online

J. Paul Getty Museum Collection

Guggenheim Museum Collection

History of Photography Biographies, University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science

Biographies of scientists, inventors, photographers and artists who made significant contributions to the early history of photography.

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Collection

International Center of Photography (ICP)

Homepage of the ICP with exhibitions, online collections, and lecture series

The Permanent Collection at the International Center of Photography (ICP)

Home page of the ICP collections, with major archives of such photographers as Robert Capa and Weegee, and topical archives such as AIDS Graphics, and the September 11 Archive.

I Photo Central

Resources for photography collectors, curators and historians.

Kinetica Musuem of Kinetic Art, London, UK

Exhibitions, workshops, performances for kinetic art.

Lascaux Cave

Robert Leggat’s History of Photography site

Len Culture: Photography and shared territories

An online magazine celebrating international contemporary photography, art, media, and world cultures. Site has an image database and audio/video interviews with photographers.

The Library of Congress, Washington DC, Online Collection of Prints & Photographs


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Collections

Luminous Lint

Resources of photobooks and photographers for collectors of fine art photography.

Museum Forma, Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Milan

Photographers of Magnum Photos

Masters of Photography

Archive of articles, images and resources for canonical photographers.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Collection Database

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Moving Image Source

Website devoted to the history of film, television, and digital media.

The Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Collection (Columbia College, Chicago)

Cameras: The Technology of Photographic Imaging Exhibition and Database at The Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Collections

Museum of the Moving Image

The National Gallery of Art Collections, Washington

U.S. National Library of Medicine

Images from the History of Medicine

The National Media Museum Collections, Bradford, UK

The National Portrait Gallery Collections, London, UK

Detroit Publishing Company Postcards from the Leonard Lauder Postcard Collection at the New York Public Library

Thousands of postcards, ca. 1898-1920s, featuring images of North American landscapes and cityscapes, including views of well-known streets, buildings, historic monuments, natural scenery, industry, transportation, and daily life.

Schomburg Center, Images of 19th Century African Americans at the New York Public Library

Oeil Public

Oeil Public, now disbanded photojournalism collective. Site has archive of photographers’ work.

Photography section of Seeing is Believing: 700 Years of Scientific and Medical Illustrations Exhibition at the New York Public Library


A collection of photographers’ works.

Photography now

An agency for Photography and Video Art.

The Photography Post’s Museum of Online Photography Collections

Contains links for such collections as: the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Photo Collections, images from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, and Double Exposure’s glacier photographs.


Resource for photohistory.

Polaroid picture collection.

Profotos’s education site has a masters of photography section

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Collections

The Science and Society Picture Library  (SSPL)

Over a million images from the Science Museum, the National Media Museum, the National Railway Museum, and other collections.

Smithsonian Images

Archive of over 2.5 million contemporary and historic images from national museums. Prints may be used for research or purchased.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum Photography Collection

Includdes works by the New York Photo League, Man Ray, and by African American and Latino artists. Collection also includes American daguerreotypes, the first century of American photographs, and contemporary American landscape photography.

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) Image Gallery

Street Shots on WNYC

Stories about six photographers who document New York City life.

Tate Collection: British art and international modern and contemporary art

Tiny Vices

Online gallery and image archive founded by Tim Barber in 2005.


Turbulence commissions, exhibits and archives new hybrid networked art forms.

UbuWeb: Film & Video

A collection of contemporary and historical avant-garde film and video and documentaries about artists.

Web Gallery of Art

A database of European painting and sculpture of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism periods (1000-1850).

The Whitney Museum of American Art Online Collection

Includes works by such artists as Doug Aitken, Larry Clark, Roni Horn, Peter Hujar, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, and Katy Grannan.