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Finding Art & Visual Culture Images

Eugène Atget: Quai d'Anjou, 6h du matin, 1924. Albumen silver print from glass negative. Image via Metropolitan Museum Public Domain Images.

Image Databases

ARTStor: An image database that covers many time periods and cultures, and documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture.

VCR (Visual Collections Repository): Supports research and pedagogy in the Faculty of Fine Arts by providing primary visual documents, media services and facilities to Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts professors, instructors, students and accredited outside researchers. 

VCR Digital Image and Slide Collection: Currently holds over 30,000 high resolution digital images that can be downloaded and used for educational and research purposes. The repository is accessible online, and users can log in with their netname and password. The Faculty of Fine Arts Slide Collection comprises over 350,000 catalogued 35mm slides including subjects such as artifacts, paintings, photographs, ceramics, fibre works, drawing, scultpure, architecture, performance and contemporary art. 

McCord Stewart Museum Photography Collection: Over 130,000 royalty-free images documenting the social history of Montreal, Quebec and Canada from the 1840s onward. Other images may be subject to restrictions.

Open Access Image Collections

Publicly-held images, images licensed to Creative Commons & "no known copyright status"


For information about copyright and the use of images, see the Concordia Copyright guide and in particular the section on Still images.

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