Finding images

Need an image to add to a presentation or to enhance your assignment visually?

Here are some image sources to support learning and teaching. Some of these are copyright free, and some have conditions of use. Check each one individually. If you use an image you need to acknowledge or reference it. We also link to a useful flowchart which helps you to check if you can use an image and also how you can credit the source.

Image sources
  • Creative Commons Search - allows you to search useful websites for openly licensed content one at a time. Covers sites such as Flickr, Google images, Open Clipart, Pixabay and YouTube.
  • Europeana Collections - large collection of free to reuse images, including fashion.
  • Free Images archive of stock photography free to use. Helpful FAQ link provides information on credit or attribution.
  • Freepik is a search engine covering high quality photos, vectors, icons, illustrations and PSD files.
  • Google advanced search - allows searching by CC licence across all file types. Use the drop-down list at the foot of the search form.
  • Gratisography a collection of quirky high resolution CC0 images.
  • JISC Digital Media service now archived but aims to help the UK's FE and HE communities embrace and maximise the use of digital media, includes access to useful guides on the management and use of digital media.
  • Luminous Lint is a website on photography that includes the history of photography. Has been described as “... probably the finest free resource for the history or photography that exists anywhere in the world.” 
  • Moving Image Gateway (BUFVC) access to moving image and sound materials across a wide range of subject areas. Locate trusted and scholarly audiovisual services within the higher and further education sector. Sign in using your domain username and password. 
  • New York Metropolitan Museum of Art 375,000 images under CC0 licence which can be freely remixed and reused. This link also allows an image search of the New York Public Library and the Rijksmuseum.
  • Pexels is a CC0 site which is good on technology, but covers many of areas well, with good quality stock photography. It has the the ability to search by colour, and also has a sister site dedicated to CC0 video.
  • Pikwizard has a library of free to use CC images, many of which are images featuring people's faces.
  • StockSnap is a CC0 site with varied photography.
  • VADS is a visual art collection comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.
  • Walters Art Museum a large collection of free to use art resources.
  • Wikimedia Commons source of images, audio and video files.
  • Yale Center for British Art is a collection of public domain images.
Fashion images
  • Screen search fashion includes fashion on film in the 1920s and 1930s developed by Screen Archive South East at the University of Brighton, in partnership with the RCA funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD). A new way of looking at everyday fashion and dress history in the inter-war years through unique archive film held in Screen Archive South East's (SASE) collections
  • The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) is a visual art collection comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.

It features several image collections from the London College of Fashion including

  • Vogue Archives: has the full (US) Vogue archive from 1892 to present in high-definition colour images and text. Very rich indexing makes searching by garment type, designer and brand name possible.
  • WGSN: world leading fashion and trends forecaster. Great source for images, which can be used for non-commercial, educational purposes. To download content you need to create an account.
  • Women’s Wear Daily Archive (WWD) Fully searchable this cover to cover digitised archive enables you to search for designers, products or influencers by name. Good source of advertising images.
Health specific image source
  • is a useful image databank providing 3D anatomical pictures, allows rotation of images and removal of layers to expose underlying structures. Includes useful guide and tutorials.
  • e-Anatomy is an anatomical database providing more than 3,000 images of the human body. It provides cross-sectional, gross, and radiological anatomy derived from various types of medical imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans.
  • Wellcome Images a rich and most unique collection provided by the Wellcome Library. Explore images ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. Site includes details on the use of images.