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Stock Photo Secrets

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Five million royalty-free images.

Gograph

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Gograph offers flexible royalty free stock photography, vectors, illustrations, graphics, and stock footage at fairly low prices and you can buy and download stock images immediately. 18 Million stock photos means they have a huge range.

British Library Photostream

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The British Library has just drawn on its huge archive to set up some fascinating new collections to explore online, organised into different subject areas. They have just added over a million images from their 17th, 18th and 19th century books to their Flickr site.

Author Pictures at Lebrecht

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Claims to have every author who ever published a book, which may be an exaggeration, but it does have over a million author photos and they're available as high-res downloads.

The Marsden Archive

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Featuring Simon Marsden's atmospheric photos, this is the place to go if you want Sinister Villages and Decaying Cottages or Eerie Lakes and Cruel Seas.

Aviation Pictures

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50,000 colour photos and a black and white archive pictures covering aviation, skyscapes and travel.

Mary Evans Picture Library

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This well-regarded library has just celebrated its fortieth anniversary and specialises, appropriately enough, in history. A family business, it takes conservation of material seriously and has over 135,000 images - perfect if you're writing history titles or biography.

The British Association of Picture Libraries

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This is a good place to start. This helpful site has a useful page on Using a Picture Library, explaining the fee structure and how the system works. It also has a brief summary of copyright and a key section for photographers and artists on how to handle their work.

Myriad Editions

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Online image bank of infographics from The State of the World Atlas by Dan Smith. Useful resource for students, academics, teachers, journalists and businesses, the store will soon contain maps and graphics from their entire State of the World Atlas series. Download via Paypal, low resolution images start at $1 and high resolution images from $50.

British Library Images Online

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A unique resource for picture buyers, graphic designers and publishers, enabling you to license thousands of high quality images from the British Library's unparalleled collections. Especially good on writers and historical images.

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