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Visual Arts: Photography


Image result for julia margaret cameronThis page provides a range of information and links to resources on photography. Jump to a particular category using the contents list below, or scroll down to browse.


An image, especially a positive print, recorded by exposing a photosensitive surface to light, especially in a camera. (MoMA Glossary of Art Terms)

SearchPhotography in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History


CCC Library Resources

Search the library catalog for books on photography at HWC Library

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Citations, Copyright and Fair Use in the Visual Arts

Image result for fair use logoImage result for creative commonsImage result for copyright imagesCopyright "is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works." Learn more here

Fair Use allows "the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances." Learn more here.

Creative Commons licenses make creative works "freely available for legal use, sharing, repurposing, and remixing" by "any member of the public." The CC Search search engine lets you "search for free content in the public domain and under Creative Commons licenses. Learn more about CC licenses here."

More information:

The MLA, Chicago, and Turabian citation styles may be used in writing about art. Check your syllabus or contact your professor to find out which style they prefer.

Quick guides to citing images: 

ARTSTOR's guides to Using Images and Copyright, including Citing Sources

College Art Association Guidelines regarding Fair Use and Copyright:

Fair Use Evaluator

Statement on Fair Use from the Visual Resources Association

19th Century Photography


A printmaking process in which a photographic negative is transferred onto a copper plate. (MoMA Glossary of Art Terms)

Early Photography: Niépce, Talbot and Muybridge

A brief article discussing early movements in photography. (smarthistory)

Black & White



1. A series of moving images, especially those recorded on film and projected onto a screen or other surface (noun); 2. A sheet or roll of a flexible transparent material coated with an emulsion sensitive to light and used to capture an image for a photograph or film (noun); 3. To record on film or video using a movie camera (verb). (MoMA Glossary of Art Terms)

Search: Darkroom in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



Fashion Photography

Fashion Photography CollageFashion Photography is a type of fine art photography featured in advertisements and magazines, that focuses on haute couture and communicates a designer's unique brand, whether or not their clothing or accessories are featured in the images. Fashion photography is influenced by high art, pop culture, and social, gendered, political, and economic trends, and it is constantly evolving.

Image Search Tools

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