Photographic archives and photography museums

Photographic archives and photography museums, a guide

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.

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

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.

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

British ibrary 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

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

Lebanese Archive

The Lebanese Archive project by artist Ania Dabrowska is inspired by the previously unknown, personal collection of photographs belonging to Diab Alkarssifi, a former photojournalist from Lebanon.

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

Wikimedia Commons archive of photographs, catalogued by subject and place..

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.