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Images & Image Identification

American Memory Historical Collections (Library of Congress) - A major component of the American Memory collections are multimedia collections of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, moving pictures, and text from the Library's Americana collections. (Click on "More browse options" at the bottom of the page to browse by format.) Images protected by copyright laws. Refer to the following Web site for additional information Copyright & Restrictions.

See also the Library of Congress Photos on Flickr.

AP PHOTO Archive - Over 400,000 contemporary and selected historical images from the archive of the Associated Press. Features state, regional, and national photos from North America, and selected international sites including Europe and Asia. (Available only to UA.)

Arizona State Archives Historic Photographs - "Archives' photographs focus upon the unique cultural heritage of the state and territory of Arizona, beginning in 1863. The collection includes about 160,000 images, including photographs, slides, negatives, glass plate negatives, tintypes, transparencies, postcards and others." (Around 33,000 of these are available online at this site.) Copyright and/or publication rights for all photographs in this collection are retained by this institution.

Artcyclopedia - Both an art encyclopedia and an image database, Artcyclopedia offers overviews of artists and movements with links to online images. Its mission is to become the definitive and most effective guide to museum-quality fine art on the Internet.

ARTstor - A repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related descriptive information of art works located in leading art museums around the world. (Available only to UA.) - Photos from various parts of the world available for downloading for personal or commercial use, with some restrictions.

Center for Creative Photography Digital Collections - Images available from the University of Arizona's CCP collections currently include photographs by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and many other photographers. Images are copyrighted. Please see CCP Copyright & Permissions for information on use of these images.

Google Art Project - Presents selected art works from over 200 museums and collections around the world. Besides high-resolution images, many art works also include "museum views" showing their position within the museum. Custom galleries can be created and shared. See the FAQ for further information about use of this collection. Images cannot be printed.

Google Images - Google states that it has "The most comprehensive image search on the web." Images protected by copyright laws.

Image*After - Searchable database of free images and textures available for commercial and personal use.

LIFE Photo Archive hosted by Google - Search millions of photographs from the LIFE Magazine photo archive. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google. Images protected by copyright laws.


Morguefile - This site provides the public and creative community with free raw photo materials. Images are available for commercial or personal use.

University of Arizona Library Subject Guide pages on Finding Images:

University of Arizona Library Web Exhibits (at the bottom of the Digital Collections page) - This online collection includes text and images covering many historical topics primarily related to Arizona and the Southwest. Please check each site for any notices regarding use of the images.

Web Gallery of Art - A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 13,900 reproductions.

Image Identification

TinEye - A reverse image search engine. You can submit an image (or a link to an image) to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata, or watermarks. It's free to use for non-commercial searching. Plugins are also available for browsers.

Google Images - Use a picture as your search to find related images from around the web. Select the camera icon in the Google Images search box and then upload an image or search by image URL. Tips for using Google Images.

Last modified: December 15, 2015