This guide is about researching modern or contemporary photography in a documentary or art context. Consult the History of Photography page for researching art history or photographs in an historical context.
Oxford Art Online
- Art databases, searchable uniformly or individually, produced by Oxford University Press.
Oxford Reference Online (includes photography)
~ Reference books migrated to electronic form. Many art and photography sources not included above.
Encyclopedia of nineteenth-century photography / John Hannavy, ed. 2 vols. New York : Taylor & Francis Group, c2008. Lilly LibraryReference R9 .H25 2008
~ newest reference source for the history of photography. Scholarly, a good place to begin.
The Oxford companion to the photograph Lenman, Robin. also hardcopy Lilly Library: TR9 .O94 2005
~ online and hardcopy starting point for photography history, terms, bibliography, etc.
The Abrams encyclopedia of photography / edited by Brigitte Govignon. New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2004. Lilly Library Reference TR9 .P4813 2004
~ smaller overview on photography, excellent plates.
George Eastman House - Notes on Photographs - a website full of reliable information on Phototography and photographers.
Graphics Atlas (online) http://www.graphicsatlas.org/ - online source for explaining and identifying print processes. Sponsored by the Image Permanence Institute.
The Focal encyclopedia of photography / edited by Leslie Stroebel and Richard Zakia 3rd ed. Boston : Focal Press, c1993. Lilly Library Reference R9 .F6 1993
~ best handbook explaining processes, techniques and materials, historic and contemporary