When looking for images to include in a multimedia project, it is important to be aware of how resolution and compression can impact the aesthetic of your piece. Resolution is the number of pixels running horizontally and vertically in your image.
The standard resolution for a project that combines video, image and audio elements is HD (1920x1080). If you don't want your image to have artifacts, make sure the files you download are at least 1920 pixels x 1080 pixels. Using Advanced Search functions typically allow you to narrow your results by resolution.
Sites listed here contain downloadable stock photos with open licenses that you can freely use in your projects. Be sure to double-check the terms of the license for anything you want to use to see what you can do with it and how to credit the creator.
Image libraries listed here contain photos & illustrations from a variety of sources. Some are out of copyright or openly-licensed, and some are under copyright and would require a fair use assessment before use. Be sure to double-check the terms of the license for anything you want to use to see what you can do with it and how to credit the creator.
Note that this is a sampling of large image collections from libraries, museums, and archives. Many other institutions also have digital collections. Browse the Artcyclopedia for a directory of museum websites, or get in touch for assistance locating collections at institutions not listed here.
If you can't find an image in a digital collection, you might locate the image you need in a text source.
Some collections of public-domain digitized texts include:
To improve your search, include some typical keywords such as "pictorial works," "photograph," "exhibitions," etc. in your search. See the following examples: