Photos you can use

A friend asked about online repositories of photos that can be used for academic presentations and I mentioned several sources. I realized after sending the list that many others may not know about the wealth of resources available, especially for  teaching and learning.

Online photo repositories (check usage rights for each):

Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!

Creative Commons search, but check license of each photo:

Commons project from various institutions, including The Library of Congress:

Wikimedia Commons, with many public domain images:


Most of the media in these collections are attached to generous copyright licensing.

7 Responses to “Photos you can use”

  1. Dave Ferguson

    Harold, a suggestion of yours some time ago led me to the CC search on Flickr. Fiddling around, I found a way to search for CC / commercial use / adaptation images (I needed that for a client project). I then dragged the URL onto Firefox’s toolbar so I can hit that combo any time I want. This is it:

    You should still check the license, in case someone has an oddball requirement for acknowledgement.

    • Harold Jarche

      Thanks, Dave; I’ve used that myself a couple of times. Good idea to still check, especially if you’re using it for commercial purposes. Saves on legal costs 😉


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