Representation Matters: A Collection of Diverse Stock Image Resources
This is by no means a comprehensive collection of diverse images. But, it’s a start and hopefully a good resource for people to remember when using photos in professional or personal posts. Representation matters. Help be a part of the change to make that happen.
One of the pieces of feedback I hear from people is that they don’t know where to find diverse images to use. Well, no more excuses. This blog post is a resource with lots of links to get you started.
Disclaimer 1: always check the resources for permissible usage for your needs.
Disclaimer 2: not all of these sites are free, check before using.
Note 1: I will update this blog post as I find new resources and have time.
[Last updated December 29, 2021.]
Note 2: Be sure to search within each site for diverse images, as many have large repositories of diverse photos in their collection.
▪ AI Generated Photos
▪ Alamy Arab Photos
Note: The URL says “arab-men” but there are Arab women on that site.
▪ Alamy Non-Binary Photos
▪ AllGo — An App For Plus Size People
▪ Bantu Photos — Authentic African Photos
▪ Black Illustrations
▪ CanStock Photos Arabic
▪ Countries Stock Photos
▪ CreateHER Stock —
Your Destination for Authentic Stock Images Featuring Melanated Women
▪ Creative Commons
▪ Creative Market, Diversity Avatars
▪ Creative Market, Inclusive Icons
▪ Disability Images
▪ Disability Inclusive Stock Photography
Disability Inclusive Stock Photography - Disability:IN
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▪ Disabled and Here: Black, Indigenous, people of color
▪ Diversity Photos
▪ Envato Elements
▪ Gender Spectrum Collection: Stock Photos Beyond the Binary
▪ Haute Stock
(contains some NSFW images)
▪ iStock by Getty Images — Diverse Families
▪ Iwaria — specializes in African imagery, which includes landscapes and cultures as well as people.
▪ The Jopwell Collection — Vol. 1:
Free Stock Images Of Our Community At Work
▪ Jopwell Latinx Collection
▪Mocha Stock — quality images featuring people of color
▪ Muslim Girl Collection on Getty Images
▪ NativeStock Pictures — leading supplier of Indian Country images
▪ Noun Project Photos
▪ Pixerf — Asia’s Fastest-Growing Asian Stock Photo Site
▪ POC Stock
▪ Public Domain Pictures
▪ SheBold Stock
▪ Shutterstock Hispanic Tech Images https://www.shutterstock.com/search/hispanic+tech
▪ Slides Carnival
▪ Tetra Images
▪ TONL — Culturally Diverse Stock Photos
▪ UK Black Tech
▪ Unsplash LGBTQ+
▪ Wikimedia Commons
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