Image Databases

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Emily Carr University’s Library provides many database resources to assist with locating and appropriating the images faculty may need for their courses. Listed below are a few examples. For a complete list please go to the Article Indexes + Databases library page.

AP Multimedia Archive

Photos, text, audio and graphics from the Associated Press Archives.

  • 2 million+ photographs dating back to 1826 and as current as a few moments ago
  • 48,000+ graphics, maps, charts, graphs, logos
  • 1.1 million hours of audio clips dating from the 1920s
  • 2 million+ concise news stories dating from 1997

Images in this database are for educational use and may be used in class presentations and reports.

AP Multimedia Archive Guide

Tips on searching:

  • Search by photographer’s name and :byline. Example brady:byline
  • Search by color. Example purple:hue
  • Search by concept – 72 different concepts
  • Search by phototype, portait, aerial, silhouette, vertical. Example portrait:phototype
  • Graphics section contains logos, sketches of events, people and places. Example Olympics

Art Museum Image Gallery

Art Museum Image Gallery replaces AMICO which was discontinued in July 2005. IMPORTANT: Select Art Museum Image Gallery from the top of the search page to find images. The 2008 edition documents almost 155,000 works of art. Included are cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms. About the Art Museum Image Gallery
Art Museum Image Gallery Guide



The ARTstor library’s content includes approximately 700,000 images covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor’s software tools support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline. This community resource is made available solely for educational and scholarly uses that are noncommercial in nature. System requirements

Canadian Art Database

Consists of an ever-growing image/text database, including a directory of more than 320 links to other Canadian art web sites. There are currently 30,000 images of work by 435 artists available for viewing. More artists and images are added on a monthly basis. Biographical information on the participating artists and statements on their work are currently being added.

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