Getty Images makes over 35 million images free to use

March 13, 2014

Interesting overview from The British Journal of Photography on Getty’s new Embed feature, which allows bloggers to use watermark free images on social media sites and blogs. Getty acknowledge that their images have been widely used without permission and have launched Embed in response to this. The embedding tool includes full copyright information, a link to Getty’s licensing page and ensures the image cannot be re-sized – see example below. However this legal method for using Getty images non-commercially may be less than popular with professional photographers.

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Wellcome Images release over 100,000 images

February 27, 2014

Thousands of high res images from the Wellcome Library’s historical holdings have been made available under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence.

To view the collection go to Wellcome Images, and visit the Wellcome Library blog for more details about the release.

Ambroise Pare: Artificial Hand

London and Middlesex Archaeological Society images

October 27, 2013

Wonderful photographic record of early 20thC. London, from the glass slide collection of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS) housed at the Bishopsgate Institute.

The online Flickr collection is a selection of over 150 images from c.3,000 and “features images of most of London’s landmarks, churches, open spaces, statues and buildings, alongside social and cultural scenes and portraits of the famous from the turn of the century to the interwar period”.

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Chelsea Power Station (c.1920).

Please note that photographs are all rights are reserved.


“Doubles, duplicity and duplication” installation

July 12, 2013

Based on their research in fashion history, Professor Caroline Evans and Alistair O’Neill selected a series of slide images that reflected on the relationship of copy and original in fashion. March 2013, Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.

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All photographs by Karen Fletcher

Into Obscurity: exhibiting the slide collection

July 1, 2013

exhibition slide projection imagesA recent installation in the library gallery space at The CASS Faculty of Art Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, curated by ACADI member; Susan Skingle.

Slides and associated paraphernalia were displayed in the manner of (soon- to-be) rare artifacts. The exhibition drew attention to the physicality of the slides and the collection processes. More information and photographs on the exhibition webpage.

The Micrarium, or, a slide librarian’s dream

June 26, 2013

The Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL, is a gem of a collection but it is especially worth visiting if you are an ex-slide librarian who still hankers for the glow of a light box. Here you can stand in a back lit booth whose mirrored ceiling stretches and multiplies the 2000 plus glass slides. It must be pointed out these lantern and microscope slides actually contain tiny creatures rather than 35mm film, but that doesn’t detract from the totally immersive experience.

For more details and a nice little video about the Micrarium’s installation go to



Next ACADI meeting

May 30, 2013

This will be at Bath Spa University on Tuesday, 25th June from 11.00am – 3.30pm. Topics for discussion will include the new CLA licence, social media and copyright, and displaying images of students work.

If you are involved in visual resources and education, why not join ACADI and come along? Our meetings are informal, informative and friendly.