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ENGL 1183.104: FWS: Word and Image (Spring 2018): Image Databases

Library research guide to accompany Cristina Correa's spring 2018 seminar

The First Photograph

Enhanced version by Helmut Gersheim (1913–1995), performed ca. 1952, of Niépce's View from the Window at Le Gras, (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin), the first successful permanent photograph created by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827, in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes (Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France). Captured on 20×25 cm oil-treated bitumen. Due to the 8-hour exposure, the buildings are illuminated by the sun from both right and left.

ARTstor

The ARTstor Digital Library

Help in using ARTstor

You can only download if you register for an account, which you'll need to do on campus. After you have an account, you can login from anywhere. Watch the video on the right for complete instructions.

 

A. P. Images

An electronic library containing the AP's current photos from their 50 million image print and negative library, as well as charts, graphs, tables, and maps from the AP's graphics portfolio.

Photogrammar

Here's an example of the kind of images you can find:

John Collier. Washington, D.C. Sewing room of self-help exchange. January, 1942.

Visual Resources Librarian

Marsha Taichman's picture
Marsha Taichman
Contact:
B56 East Sibley
Fine Arts Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-6718
met228@cornell.edu
Website
Subjects:Architecture, Art

Databases & Collections

The library subscribes to or has built a number of image databases that are excellent sources of images you can download and add to your papers and other projects. You need to keep in mind that some of them have licensing restricts that prohibit the re-publication (including open web publishing, such as on a blog or on social networking sites) of images you download. There are also quite a few digital collections that are free and open on the web. Use the links and information on this page to get more information about how best to use ARTstor and other image databases.

Get help with digital images

Johnson Museum Online

Register to download

This tutorial guides users through the process of registering for an ARTstor user account.

Exporting ARTstor images to PowerPoint