Our representation of the prestigious Medici Society collection of art and illustration is a decade old, and over the years, we have continued to add more and more images from their seemingly infinite archive. The total at present stands at almost 18,500 pictures, spanning fine art, classic nursery illustration, cartoons, florals, decorative, religious, animals and…

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It is often difficult to form an image of people in times past, when there was no photography and little portraiture. Sculptures survive, and Werner Forman Archive has a remarkable collection of them, dating back thousands of years and from all over the world. During his life, Werner Forman had access to many museums, auctions…

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Our photographers have sent us interesting images from all corners of the globe this month. Bruno D’Amicis has covered Cuba, Enrique Lopez-Tapia has returned from Chad, and we have a wealth of new images from Australia, Africa, South America and, not least, the oceans of the world from Brandon Cole. And closer to home, we…

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Aside from film stills and posters, StudioCanal’s photographic collection allows us a fascinating peek behind the scenes of movie making. It’s a chance to see directors in action but there are also candid moments of stars in make-up, relaxing between takes or larking about. Sylvia Syms is captured on camera, reduced to fits of giggles…

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United Kingdom, England, Oxfordshire, Oxford, cyclist approaching Radcliffe Camera

The Dog Days may be over but there’ll be plenty more sunshine to enjoy before we see autumn in all her finest colour, so, before you reach for your fleece here’s a chance to enjoy some late summer sunshine with new images from across the British Isles by 4Corners’ photographers Here’s our new image gallery…

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Margaret Tempest was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, in 1892 and attended Ipswich Art School and the Westminster School of Art in London graduating on the eve of the First World War. She co-founded the Chelsea Illustrators Club, a talented group from the School of Art who between 1919 and 1939 were commercially successful, putting on…

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Heinz Zinram was one of Britain’s leading industrial photographers in the 1950s and 1960s, and his photographs of manufacturing, business and industry reveal unexpected poise and drama. Dr Zinram’s story began in 1910 in Vienna where he was born, and where he qualified as a Doctor of Law in the early 1930s. In 1939 Heinz…

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Split level of a Lion's mane Jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) and Feather-boa kelp (Egregia menziesii), Seven-tree Island, Browning Pass, Queen Charlotte Strait, British Columbia, Canada. September.

This summer our photographers have sent us a wealth of great new material. Marine life has been a strong focus, with bold and unusual new images from David Hall, Magnus Lundgren and Tony Wu amongst others. We have also added a lot of fresh Australian material, African landscapes and wildlife, and some lovely European wildflowers…

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Vintage photography resource ClassicStock, is in many ways as American as apple pie, but nevertheless transcends any transatlantic bias with a wide and varied collection that reflects any adjective you care to throw at it. Spanning the decades from the 1930s to the 1980s, ClassicStock offers humour in spades, with a side order of cheese,…

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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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