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This is a subject guide for finding materials on Photography in the University Libraries. Reference materials are listed first, since that's a great way to begin your research. The next tab is a list of subject headings you can use to find books and video in the library catalog, followed by a tab on finding articles, and finally selected websites.

Oxford Art Online
This is a good place to start any art-related research. For a topic like Photography, try a fairly specific search for a genre, photographer, or technique, such as "street photography" or "Strand, Paul." You can find Oxford Art Online under Reference Sources.
Contemporary Photographers.
Executive editor, Martin Marix Evans, New York: St. James Press, 1995.
REF TR139 .C664 1995
If your photographer is included in this book you will get: a biographical outline that; a bibliography of books and articles; a scholarly essay on that photographer and their importance; and perhaps even an artist's statement if the photographer chose to submit one.
Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography.
John Hannavy, editor. New York: Routledge, 2008.
REF TR9 .H25 2008 v. 1-2
A great place to start research on any photo topic related to the 19th century. Entries include people, countries, and thematic topics such as camera design, tourist photography, self-portraiture, industrial photography, mountain photography, perspective, and much more. All major entries include a bibliography for further reading. For twentieth-century topics, see just below.
Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography.
Lynne Warren, editor. NY: Routledge, 2006.
REF TR642 .E5 2006 v. 1-3
Same as above, this a great place to start research on any photo topic related to the 20th century.
The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography: Digital Imaging, Theory and Applications, History, and Science.
Michael R. Peres, editor-in-chief. Boston: Elsevier/Focal Press, 2007.
REF TR9 .F6 2007
This is a comprehensive volume that covers the history and historical processes of photography, as well as contemporary applications, and evolving digital technologies.

Find Articles

On the library home page you can always just enter a search in OneSearch, which will find books, articles, videos, etc. You may also choose to go the library's Article Databases page for a list of the UArts Libraries' subscription databases. Check out the following for this topic:

EBSCOhost has full-text and scholarly articles covering a wide range of subjects.
JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.
Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic) is a database for worldwide current & archived news sources, all full-text and updated daily. On-campus access only.
The New York Times is a great place to find criticism and information on current and past exhibitions. Members of the UArts community may register a New York Times account for access to the website and smartphone app.

I've found articles I want to read. Now what?
There are different ways to find an article once you retrieve a citation:

  • See if there is a link to to download the full-text article online and download it or e-mail it to yourself.
  • If you do not see the full-text option, click the FindIt@UArts icon to see if our library holds the journal title in print. FindIt@UArts will also tell you if the full-text article is available in a different database.
  • Use the interlibrary loan search tool, WorldCat, to request materials not owned by the University Libraries, or to see what other area libraries have the title you need.

Find Images

On the library home page, under "Online Resources, you can access the library's Image Databases. Check out the following for this topic:

ARTstor is a digital repository with more than one million images. Its collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates from all over the world. If you have any questions about using ARTstor contact Visual Resources and Special collections librarian Laura Grutzeck.

AP Images provides access to over one million photographs dating back to 1826.


Searching the Web can be overwhelming. If you are using the Internet for research you want to choose sites that meet the standards of accuracy, currency and authority.

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division.
American Photography: A Century of Images
A public television production from KTCA/Twin Cities Public Television, "American Photography captures the images of a century of change and the role the camera has played both in creating and documenting it. Dramatic and intimate stories trace photography's profound effect on American life -- influencing what we buy, how we dress, how we get the news, and in matters of life and death, medicine, science and war."--quote taken from "More About the Film". See also the companion book.
Digital Photography Review
Digital Photo Review has reviews of digital cameras and lenses, and hosts forums on a variety of topics.
International Center of Photography
The International Center of Photography, located in New York, hosts an excellent website that allows you to browse nearly 60,000 items in their collection online.
F-Stop Magazine
F-Stop is an online photography magazine featuring international contemporary photography. Also hosts a great set of links to other photography online magazines, blogs, and organizations.
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