If you regularly follow our Collection of the Week emails, you will know that street photography is one of our specialisms here at the library, and while photographers Roger Mayne and Shirley Baker are well known in this genre, another name, Margaret Monck, is probably less familiar. Born into a world of privilege in 1911,…

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This month’s highlights include great material on red foxes and bobcats, spectacular marine life from the Canaries, extremely cute baby Baikal seals and spectacular Scandinavian birds. You can read more about the stories behind the pictures in our July Highlights blog, where you’ll also find some amazing aerials, dramatic Arizona wildfires, unrivalled coverage on the Galapagos…

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Egypt, Nile Valley, Luxor, Thebes, Temples of Karnak, Nile, Temple guardian walking through the columns of the Great Hypostyle Hall, Temple of Karnak, Luxor

The sites of ancient Egypt and the River Nile have forever held an irresistible fascination to explorers, and through Richard Taylor’s lens, 4Corners shares his evocative new images with you. From the Pyramids of Giza, The Temple of Luxor, the hubbub of Cairo’s bazaar in Khan el-Khalili and feluccas on the Nile, ancient Egypt awaits…

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As its name suggests, Florilegius is positively blooming with an abundance of exquisite botanical illustrations, but there is much more besides. The speciality of Florilegius, which belongs to collector Richard Jeffery, is high quality, antiquarian prints, engravings and lithographs ranging from the 18th to early 20th century. Alongside plants and flowers are images covering other…

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How would we approach requests for mid-1960s black and white stock photography of a model wearing only an incredibly big curly wig, a baby answering the telephone, window shopping on Carnaby Street and a lady in high heels stepping off the curb directly into a puddle? The answer would be to dive headlong into the…

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4Corners contributor Corrado Piccoli was an architect before he was a photographer, so we shouldn’t be too surprised if  one of his favourite images features a modern development like the Neuer Zollhof complex in Düsseldorf’s revitalized Harbour district. It’s his architectural grounding that makes Piccoli fascinated by people in their urban environment and their relationship…

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From Australia to India and Galapagos to Norway, our photographers continue to tell us their lockdown stories. Read all about it in our new blog Photographers during lockdown around the world or browse our expanded gallery of lockdown images. We hope you’ll find inspiration and insight into some of the creative and personal challenges posed…

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One of the best collections of portraiture represented at Mary Evans Picture Library is an outstanding selection of over 200 works by photographer Ida Kar (1908-1974). Many major art, literary, theatrical and radical political figures of the twentieth century are featured, often in intimate settings alongside their works or within their studios, dressing rooms and…

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Man watching a high diver preparing to jump from diving board. Date: 1930s

Vyntage Visuals is a collection of over 4000 black and white stock images with a European flavour dating back to the 1930s. Subjects include the expected stock themes of holidays, work, leisure and education, but the crisp quality and evocative atmosphere of this collection sets it apart, and makes it perfect for more creative projects,…

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nature photography in lockdown

How have photographers been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown? We asked our contributors to tell us their lockdown stories and to show us the photos they have managed to shoot in these difficult circumstances. We’ve been surprised at what they have managed to achieve – and how many fascinating subjects they found close to home!…

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