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Interesting sites that contain photographic images

Sites listed for photographic, cinematic content, and artwork.  Study images for picture composition and construction.  The lighting and perspective, the use of camera angles to make images more interesting than standing and taking a snap at head height, straight on at the subject.

Photographic Image sites:

Getty Open Images

Getty Collection of all their images of public domain artworks in high resolution. Images are freely available to download and use.  Check copyright.  Includes photographs by famous and respected photographers.


Long established photographers site to upload and present work.  View content on Flickr by Creative Coms Licence Understand what you can use, how, where and when, and what is theft.


Collection of over 1.4 million royalty free stock photos and videos which are freely available for both personal and commercial use.


Social Media site mixed with uploaded images.  The site is owned by Facebook so be careful what you sign up to if you use it.


Moving pictures: Film, Video

British Pathe

The site contains old newsreel film footage of events and places. Films can be viewed, for a fee films can be downloaded

European Film Gateway

EFG Portal gives access to hundreds of thousands of film historical documents as preserved in European film archives and cinémathèques: photos, posters, programmes, periodicals, censorship documents, rare feature and documentary films, newsreels and other materials.

EU Screen

videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. Explore selected content from early 1900s until today


(Formerly known as HERMES) Details for over 30,000 audio-visual programmes, and their distributors, available in the UK. With a comprehensive listing of the paper materials held in the BUFVC library.

BUFVC News on Screen

British newsreel coverage from 1910 to 1979. Covers topics such as fashion, sport, crime, leisure, transport and two world wars. Searchable. Includes 80,000 digitised production documents and links to newsreels from the British Pathe collection, which can be previewed for free




At Art UK we work with the UK’s public art collections to showcase their artworks to the world.


Visual Arts Data Service. Provides access to over 100,000 images by searching across multiple online digital collections of visual art works.


Camera tutorial pages

Tutorials from Cambridge in Colour

Depth of field calculator




Rolf Sachs

Rolf Sachs was born in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Sachs has a varied approach to art, photography and design often merging ideas. His work moves between art and design, objects, spaces and visual medium.

Swiss photographer and artist Rolf Sachs is known for taking photographs form the train window. The photographs show the blur of the passing views from the train window that demonstrates the transformation of boundaries between abstract art and landscape photography.

Some of the photographs from the train published in the book Camera in Motion, 2016 ISBN: 978-3-86828-740-0 are interesting compositions with the patterns that are created as the view changes and travels by the window. The book is shows the landscape along the World Heritage Rhaetian Albula Bernina Railway from Chur to Tirano, the photographs were shot over the course of a year from a moving train.


I do not like all of his images, some photographs do not hold an interest, or composition or colours. The photograph of a small clump of trees just looks to be a bad photograph attempted from the train.

Some of the photographs are interesting the way that the trees close to the train blur to form a curtain that the viewer can see clearly the mountains in the distance, the brilliant colours of the trains as they pass along the. The shaking caused by the train as it moves creates interesting distortion of the image. (Design Magazine)


Danny Lyon

An American photographer born 1942 in Brooklyn New York. Lyon photographs has a strong association with civil rights. His works include works around prisoners in Texas jails in a book called Conversations with the Dead (1971).

Lyons style of photography has been called ‘New Journalism’, this is when the photographer has become immersed, and become participant, of the documented subject.


Lyon photographed commuters and passengers on the New York Subway in 1966. The photographs were taken using a Rolleiflex medium format camera and Kodak colour film


Magnum Photos – Danny Lyon


Bob Mazzer

Bob Mazzer spent two decades commuting to work and back on the tube. As he travelled, he used his Leica M4 to capture Londoners, commuters and tourists as they journeyed through the capital’s network of tunnels. some of his work was first shown in a GLC exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall in the 1980’s.

What do I like about his work?

I like his work because of the harsh light and colours he uses in his pictures making them more striking to look at.

how dos his work relate to my project?

i think that his work relates to my project because because of the way he has managed to capture the people and the constantly moving people on the transport.

what can you take from his work?

i believe i can incorporate the way he captures people and what they can see on the journey form the station walking to the train to on the train, this could include people busking at the side of the corridor, to people sat messing about with friends on the train.

Luc Delahaye

Luc Delahaye –

French born photographer, born in 1962. Delahaye started his career as a photojournalist during the 1980s Delahaye devoted himself to reporting upon war and conflicts. He had his photographs published in Newsweek Magazine.

Delahaye used the detached photojournalist approach in a series of 90 photographs and portraits taken between 1995 and 1997 published in an album called L’Autre where people and passengers were secretly photographed on the Paris metro using a hidden camera.

The subjects of the photographs, they do not look at the photographer, their facial features are not posed intentionally or unintentionally for the camera. The subjects’ faces show no recognition, mouths are slack, their eyes unfocussed, deep in their own thoughts.

Delahaye photographs capture the passengers on their daily travels, and the stillness and private worlds of the passengers. What they do not capture is any sense of motion, the journey that is being undertaken. The passengers appear static, solitude and self reflecting waiting as if time has stopped waiting for their stop and the next stage of their journey.



Tester Shots 3

how did i create the pictures?

i created these pictures using a digital camera. for the pictures taken in the dark i, put the camera on a long exposure veering from 2 to 5 seconds. This meant that you could pick up some of the movement from the cars and detailing from some of the surrounding areas. for some of the pictures i put the camera on a try pod, this stopped some of the affects of camera shake in the pictures. fro there pictures taken in the day light i put the camera on a shutter speed from 60 to 200 seconds.

how can i improve the pictures?

i can improve some of these pictures by


what worked well?

i believe these pictures have worked well. this is because

how do the pictures relate to your theme?

these pictures relate to my theme, this is because i have managed to make the pictures incorporate some form of transport wether it is outside of a verbal or inside it all connects yo some form of transports.

Tester Shots Of Some Of My Ideas

How did i create the pictures?

I crested this pictures by using a digital camera. I put the shutter speed at 1 second this meant that some of the people in the picture would be blurred. I also zoomed the camera in and out wailst it was taking the picture testing put what different affects it would create.

Why did i create these pictures?

What worked well?

I believe the pictures with the camera still work well. This is because it has limited what is going on creating more time to look and focuse on one thing in the picture  instead of try and look at everything at once.

How can i improve the pictures?

I can improve these pictures by making shore that I use a trypod when I take the pictures. This would provent the camera from moving wailst the picture is being taken creating the camera shake, this would also make the pictures love blurry to look at. I can also improve these pictures by avoiding ovase landmarks as i don’t want the pictures to end up being tourist photos.


Tester Shots Of Some Of My Ideas

How did I create these pictures?

I created these pictures by holding and placing my camera on the floor whilst people walked past the camera this created the ghostly effect of the passengers on the platform and their feet as they walked by. I exposed the pictures from between 1 to 3 seconds depending on the lighting levels of the area. When the camera was rested on the platform floor the stable ground ensured that the camera was still so during the long slow exposure only the people and trains were moving in the pictures, the rest of the station surroundings are stable.

What is the meaning behind the pictures?

The meaning behind the pictures was to make the everyday ugly beautiful. To show people move through the stations like ghosts, they are only transitory in the station landscape.

transport, to show that there is interesting things to see in the everyday ordinary life,

What worked well?

I believe these pictures have worked well, this is because I have managed to create different styles with multiple long exposures.  I also believe these pictures have worked well because have managed to capture the movement, reflections and light.  The movement of people passing through the environment.

The train as it passes through the station appears of streaks of light and colour that are parallel with the platform tiles concrete edges and the lines painted on the platforms.

How can I improve the pictures?

I can improve these pictures by using a tripod for camera shots that are taken above the platform level. This would stop the camera shaking creating the camera shake in the pictures and would make the pictures less blurry when you look at them creating an overall better quality picture. I can also improve these pictures by making sure that the camera is focused in what I want it to be before I take the picture.