This guide offers tips on how to find materials on photography by using the Karrmann Library Catalog, plus our electronic and print resources.
General Photography & Background Information
Abrams Encyclopedia of Photography Ref TR9 .P4813 2004
The Dictionary of Art (Grove's, 34 vols.) Ref N31 .D5 1996
Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography (3 vols.) Ref TR642 .E5 2006
Photographer's Market Ref TR12 .P515
Photography Works & Collections
Photography works and collections are not necessarily shelved in one specific place or call number in the library, because the photography in these works is more often the medium rather than the subject. For example, Karen Ingham's photo collection Anatomy Lessons, QM25 .I54 2004, is shelved in the anatomy section, rather than in the photography section (see common call numbers below).
Library Catalog Search Tips:
So how do you find a photo collection on a particular subject?
First, try starting with an index, like Photography Books Index III, Ref TR199 .M67 2006, an extensive and easy-to-use subject guide to photo anthologies. Then, check the Library Catalog to see if we own any of the titles - if not, you can still get them through UB (Universal Borrowing) or ILL (Interlibrary Loan).
Second, search the Library Catalog by using a Boolean search to find photography collections on certain topics.
"Pictorial Works" (also sometimes listed for illustration collections and mixed media) and photography are two of the most common terms used in cataloging photography collections.
A Boolean search for "United States" AND "pictorial works" retrieves Mitch Epstein's Recreation: American Photographs, 1973-1988, Oversize Collection GV181.15 .E6 2005.
A Boolean search for "popular culture" AND photography retrieves Lauren Greenfield's Girl Culture, TR681 .G5 G74 2002.
Try These LC Subject Headings for Photography Collections:
Photographers, Biographies & Directories
American Photographers: An Illustrated Who's Who Among Leading Contemporary Americans
Ref TR139 .A46 1989
Black Photographers, 1840-1940: An Illustrated Bio-bibliography Oversize TR139 .W55 1985
A History of Women Photographers Oversize TR139 .R67 1994
Macmillan Biographical Encyclopedia of Photographic Artists & Innovators
Ref TR139 .B767 1983
Showcase Photography (directory of photographers and commercial photography)
Oversize TR690.4 .A4 (1985-current)
Library Catalog Search Tips
For works by a photographer: Search the catalog by using the Author Search (last name first)
For works about a photographer: Search the catalog by using an LC Subject Heading Search (again, last name first)
LC Subject Headings for Photographers:
The following electronic databases include articles, many full-text, on photography from professional journals or magazines.
Many more databases and web sites are available from the library's web pages. Check out the "Resources by Academic Discipline" pages for Art and Media Studies (which includes a section on Photography)
Common Call Numbers