Looking for stock photography of 'normal' people

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Blue Velvet, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Wondered if anyone can point me in the right direction of some good libraries that contain photographs of 'normal' people in either singles or groups, studio or location?

    Cost is irrelevant — they're for work. I work for a large UK-based charity and one of the problems we have is finding images of realistic-looking people to reflect age, diversity and community issues.

    Now when I say 'normal', I mean more believable than the usual (American I'm sorry to say) glossy, extremely well-groomed, posed shots that are the run-of-the-mill stock-in-trade of libraries like Getty etc.

    I'm also not looking for the extreme visual cliches that are usually portrayed in 'social' collections — shirtless gun-toting young black men, pale and gothy-looking pierced teenagers, etc.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Here you go, luv:


    Seriously, though, I'll have a look at my bookmarks for stock and see if I can come up with any "non plastic" looking sources.
  3. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    If it's the British 'norm' that you're after then look no further:


    just type "chav scum" into Google - plenty of non-glossy, badly groomed, non-posed pics to be had :D
  4. Lau Guest

    Came across this link, and some of the people listed there have some more realistic stuff, which might be worth a look. Some of it is really posed and awful though....
  5. Deepdale macrumors 68000


    May 4, 2005
    New York
    Sounds like the ultimate compliment.
  6. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Big thanks! Now that looks a lot more promising from a UK perspective... will take a closer look at this tomorrow morning. :)

    And as for that chav picture, DCV... shame on you. :D
  7. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    http://www.sxc.hu has stock images that are user-submitted and free for non-commericial use.
  8. Lau Guest

    No problem at all. :) Apologies for linking to a site with the title "gritty real-life". Right up there with "goofy and wacky", in my opinion....;)
  9. ellion macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2006
    http://www.featurepics.com - you can check this one

    http://www.featurepics.com just started but the site IS growing. You can find real people photos there for sure.
  10. Stratification macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2005
    Spokane, WA
    A search for "everyday" on http://www.veer.com turns up some promising entries (along with the typically overly posed shots).
  11. yellow bear macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2006
    I can take some photos of normal people for you if you like!
    (student photographer)
  12. law guy macrumors 6502a

    law guy

    Jan 17, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    A digression - This is fascinating! I've just been to www.chavscum.co.uk - there is a very similar thing in the US - seemed to come on strong in the '90s. The athletic wear / branded wear worked its way "up" through society. It was always interesting b/c the branded items - polo, various shoe makers, tommy hilfiger, a silly brand called abercrombie - were priced just low enough that people who didn't have the money to buy it could but expensive enough that it was worn with pride, to give off a "I have money" image. The effect was usually the opposite b/c (outside of this style adopted by new money celebrity) expensive clothing of course has no garish lables. The other angle to this in the US was the pure sportswear racket - $1 china-made nikes that sold for $120 b/c of heavy marketing and endorsements by sports stars. My sister lives in London, I'll have to ask her about this phenomenon in the UK.
  13. hcutting macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2007
    Stock photography of "normal" people

    Blue Velvet:

    The following is a shameless plug: we supply realistic looking stock photos of people to many non profits and others in the U.S. and Europe. We're at www.harrycutting.com
  14. PorridgeFactory macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2012
    this is an ancient thread but it keeps popping up when I'm searching for stock photos so here is a few links for the list.

    Veer.com - owned by corbis and have a nice collection with various prices and styles
    PhotoCase.com - A smaller but very interesting site with more off the wall and artsy type stuff.
    Photodune.com - one of the newer stock sites. They mostly have what other stock sites have but have a bit different layout and they have a lot of other useful marketplaces to compliment the photos.
    Real Stock Photos - my own site with a small portfolio. I try to create images that are real and genuine but the selection isn't the 10,000,000 you'll find on a big site :)

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