The history of photography

Louis_DaguerreThe history of photography, photography archives; a list of websites

Subject categories on this page
  1. Japanese photography
  2. Archives

Albumen photographs and printing techniques.

American Museum of Photography

A History of Photography
Beginnings of photography, significant photographers, processes, styles and movements in photography (from Robert Leggat).

History in Pictures, a Twitter gallery.

Hulton Getty Picture Archive
A searchable image & photograph database. Several thousand images available online. The Hulton Picture Gallery.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, photography collection.

Middle Eastern photography from The Arab Image Foundation.
The Arab Image Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in Beirut in 1997 to preserve and study photographs from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora.

Moscow House of Photography

World History of Photography
The history of photography from the early years to the photography from the 1950s.

The Early Years

Portraits 1839-1890

Documentation: Landscape and Architecture 1839-1890

Art Photography 1890-1920

Photography since 1950

International Center of Photography (ICP), New York. Exhibitions, archives.

Japanese photography *

Articles on early Far-Eastern photography.

Japan Stock Photo Archive
Photographs of every building in key districts of central Tokyo, street by street.

Old Japan
Old Japan is UK-based and was established in 1982. Since that time, they have been buying and selling 19th Century photographs of Japan (inc. Meiji & Bakumatsu era), China and Korea.

Photographic Views of Meiji: A Portrait of Old Japan

PhotoGuide Japan
Photography news, exhibitions, photographers, dealers in Japan.

Photo Japan. Stock images from Japan.

The first photograph
World's first photograph
The first photograph of a human being, by Louis Daguerre
The first photo of a human being

Archives *

Photographic Libraries
A web index of photographic archives and libraries.

Alinari Archive
The Alinari Photographic Museum and Archive, Florence, Italy. A major online photographic image catalogue. From the world oldest photographic workshop, millions of images narrate the world of yesterday and the life of today. Established in Florence in 1852, Fratelli Alinari is the world’s oldest photographic firm.

American library of Congress Searchable Online Catalogue of Prints and Photographs
Thousands of archived photographs. Portraits, landscapes.

American Museum of Photography. Online exhibits.
Classic photographs, daguerreotypes and historical photographs.

British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA).
Image search of architecture arts & entertainment, celebrities, documentary, history, people, science,  technology, sport and travel.

British Library collection of Victorian photographs.
Early photographically illustrated books. Take a look at Victorian Britain as captured in almost 1,500 early photographic prints, including works by distinguished pioneers of the medium.

The Burns Archive. The 700,000 plus vintage photographs.

Corbis Images
Corbis Images provides commercial and editorial photography and illustrations.

Flickr Creative Commons

George Eastman House Archive
The International Museum of Photography and Film

Harry Ransom Center (The University of Texas at Austin)
The Harry Ransom Collection includes: Photography,Film, Art, Performing Arts, Manuscripts, French & Italian – Books & Periodicals

American Memory from the Library of Congress
Browse the American Memory Historical Collections from the Library of Congress.

National Archives
Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives,” commemorates the end of the 20th century with a selection of photographs from the vast and varied holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

National Portrait Gallery Photographic Collection U.K.

New York Public Library
The Photography Collection contains nearly 300,000 original photographic prints.

Photography Now
The international online platform and online fold-out book displaying the work of master photographers, present and past.

Photo London
A consortium of libraries, archives, museums, record offices and national bodies who hold significant photographic collections representing London topography, people, architecture, archaeology and landscape.

The Powerhouse Museum


Smithsonian Museum on Flickr photostream.

The Victoria and Albert Museums Photo Collection

The World Press Photo Contest Archive

Yad Vashem Photo Archive
The largest of its kind in the world, this collection comprises some 200,000 photographs related to the Holocaust. The online archive currently comprises 130,000 historical photos.