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In Fearless Future’s attempt to remove the scourge that is clipart from the face of the earth, here is a list of stock photography sites and other alternatives:

Cheap sites:

Expensive sites:

  • http://www.veer.com/
    Impeccable quality, but pricey. Images range from $130 – $420 each or discs of multiple images in a set for $500.
  • http://www.corbis.com/
    If you can’t find it on Veer you can find it on Corbis, prices are practically identical.
  • http://www.photos.com/en/
    One of many stock photo subscription sites (basically you pay them a fee and they provide you with unlimited access to their collection). The subscriptions range from 1 month ($140) to a year ($600), this would be a great option if you use enough images to make it worth it.

Alternate options:

This is where is gets fun. These are free and/or alternate options to typical stock photos.

    • http://creativecommons.org/
      Creative Commons is an alternative to copyright. On their site, they have a searchable repository of different types of digital works that are licensed under that would allow you to use them almost always for free (if you don’t use them on commercial projects and you say who created them)
    • http://www.zoo-m.com/flickr-storm/
      With the advanced search on this site you can search the popular photo community flickr for images that are published under Creative Commons. If you find a picture/artist you like, send them an e-mail and see if you can use their work for your project.
    • http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/catalog.html
      Library of Congress’ Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. LOC has digitized a ton of their prints and offered them up online for the taking – the majority of them are out of copyright.
    • http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
      The American Memory Project is just like the Prints & Photographs but focuses on the “American Experience.”

    Feel free to add to the list at the AcademicPR Forum under “Marketing and PR”

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3 Comments

  1. marty said on September 15, 2006:

    my favorite: http://www.sxc.hu/index.phtml

    Stock.XCHNG

    – professional quality

    – free (with a segment of for-purchase photos)

    – registration reguired but free 

    – good search engine / categorizing

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