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Welcome to your library subject page. This has been compiled by your subject librarian and is here to help you find sources for your studio practice and written work.  It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

  • Getting the best from your searching

    OneSearch is a good place to start your research. However as you progress through your course you will need to develop your searching skills to incorporate other sources.

    Watch the tutorial below for an introduction to searching or access our Finding Information page for more advice.

    How to search

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    Click on the image above or use this link to view the tutorial: How to search tutorial

    You can also sign up to our webinar for guidance on how you can develop your search skills.

  • Eresources and Journals

    We have selected some key eresources and individual journal titles to help you locate relevant material for your subject.


    Eresources are databases of articles from academic journals and specialist maagzines as well as other scholarly content. Some eresources are subject specific and provide more tailored results.

    In addition to these key eresources you can also explore our full A-Z of eresources.

    proquest, proquest logo ProQuest Arts Premium This is a large database encompassing all aspects of the arts including art, design, photography, humanities, film/screen studies, music, performing arts, and more. Publications are either peer-reviewed or highly specialist. Tick 'Full Text' to return results with a PDF of the full article.
    jstor, jstor logo JSTOR JSTOR is a highly-respected multidisciplinary database of over 12 million journal articles with a strong emphasis on the arts and humanities, especially philosophy and cultural studies. A good place to search for material on aspects of visual culture such as aesthetics.
    taylor_francis, taylor francis logo  Taylor and Francis Journals Online  A multidisciplinary database of peer-reviewed journals on a full range of subjects. Relevant titles for photography include Photography and Culture, Photographies and History of Photography. 
    proquest, proquest logo ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses with a strong representation from the visual arts. Theses are very useful for research as they contain rich bibliographies that you can use to expand your reading.


    Individual Journal Titles

    These are the key journals and magazines we subscribe to for yoursubject. Browse the print journal collection at Brampton Road Library to discover many more. For a full range of titles check our A-Z of journals via Journals Search.

    dl_journals, cartoon of an orange journal British Journal of Photography

    Probably the most famous and respected journal in photography in the UK. Content includes essays, exhibition reviews and photographer features. Online from 2009 and in print in the Library from 1989. 

    Aperture Cutting edge photography and accompanying essays. Available in print in the Library from 1996-2009 and 2017 onwards
    Photography and Culture Peer-reviewed journal containing research and discourse. Online from 2008 onwards.
    Aesthetica In-depth features on contemporary art and photography. Ask at the Library Desk or email to obtain a login to access the journal online. In print in the Library from 2008 onwards.
    History of Photography Academic journal of peer-reviewed research on historical aspects of all forms of photography. Available online from 1997.
    Hotshoe Self-styled leading UK magazine on photography.  Ask at the Library Desk or email to obtain a login to access the journal online. In print in the Library from 2017 onwards.
    Parkett Arts magazine with strong focus on photography. Available in print in the Library from 1994 onwards. 


  • Streaming and visual resources

    Use your university login to access films, documentaries and tutorials streamed straight to your device.

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    linkedin_learning, linkedin learning logo LinkedIn Learning  Online tutorials on creative software including Photoshop and Lightroom. Also discover content for photographers on a range of topics such as street photography, exposure, compositing, analog photography, printing, night shooting, RAW processing and more. 
    Bloomsbury logo, Bloomsbury Video Library Bloomsbury Video Library Expansive collection of documentaries and art films including features on specific photographers and masterclasses in techniques and process. Available to stream in HD on and off-campus.  
    academic_video_online, academic video online Academic Video Online (AVON) Multidisciplinary video resource on a range of topics including social and cultural documentaries, news items and films. 
    Arts on Film, Arts on Film Arts on Film Archive  University of Westminster's repository of films on art and visual culture produced in the UK since the 1950s. Plenty of documentaries on photography and individual photographers.

    When using visual resources, you must be aware of copyright. The databases below provide access to copyright-cleared images for educational use. Remember that you need to provide references for any images of or works you use in your studio projects.

    Appropriation is a legitimate creative practice that involves the reuse of images or works without making any changes to the original. However, unauthorised or unattributed use of images of art works may mean you are in breach of copyright legislation. This video from LinkedIn Learning explains the difference between appropriation and copyright infringement. 

    CC, Creative commona Creative Commons Locate images under Creative Commons licenses for use in studio work and as reference. 
    vogue, vogue logo Vogue Archive Every issue of American Vogue has been digitised and made available through this resource from 1890 to present. See trends in fashion photography, advertisments and editorial design over the decades.
    VADS, VADS logo  VADS VADS is a carefully curated online archive of art and design. It comprises a wide variety of collections of images and text on all aspects of visual culture from photography to fashion. The archive can be searched by keyword or you can browse individual collections that pique your interest.


  • Web links for your subject

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    dl_websites, orange cartoon of globe with computer mouse hovering over it  Association of Photographers (AoP) News, portfolios and interviews from the prestigious association for photography professionals.

    Royal Photographic Society

    Much of the content on this website is free to non-members including exhibition previews and member portfolios.

    Red Eye

    Network of photographers based in the North West. The website features local events and exhibitions, opinion and portfolios.


    A free online art photography magazine.

    V&A Photography

    The Victoria & Albert Museum's online resource for Photography contains a wealth of image collections as well as information on techniques, photojournalism and the history of photography.

    International Centre of Photography

    Based in New York, the ICP provides access to archives, exhibitions and educational resources through its website.

    Neutral Density Magazine

    Online publishing platform showcasing photographer portfolios and in-depth essays on theoretical aspects of photography practice. 

    Magnum Photos

    Online showcase of some of the best photojournalism ever produced. View comprehensive portfolios of work from key names in the field. Check out the Theory & Practice section for essays and critical discourse.

    The Photographers' Gallery

    Leading gallery in the field of photography. News on exhibitions, photographer profiles and the 'viewpoints' section contains critical essays on photographic practices.

  • Getting help

    Help and AdviceLink
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    If you are experiencing any problems accessing eresources, check our troubleshooting guide for advice.

    Accessing Online Resources
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    If you are experiencing problems logging into a resource, try resetting your university password using the MFA Password Reset Tool.

    If the problem persists, please contact the IT Service Desk (

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