How to Cite a Photo in Chicago/Turabian

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When writing a paper, you may need to cite photograph either in its original form or from a book or website. This guide will show you how to create notes-bibliography style citations for different kinds of photographs using the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Guide Overview

How to Cite an Original Photograph

Chicago Style Photograph Citation Structure:

Note:

1. First Last, Photograph Title, Month Date, Year Created, medium, Size (if available), Collection, Museum/Institution, Location (if not in museum/institution name).

Bibliography:

Last, First. Photograph Title. Month Date, Year Created. Medium, size (if available). Collection, Museum/Institution, Location (if not in museum/institution name).

Photograph


Plaque: Usually located next to the photograph; will provide most information about the image

Chicago Style Photograph Citation Example:

Note:

1. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Juvisy, France, 1938, photograph, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Bibliography:

Cartier-Bresson, Henri. Juvisy, France. 1938. Photograph. Museum of Modern Art, New York.


How to Cite a Photograph in Print

Chicago Style Photograph Citation Structure:

Note:

1. First Last, Photograph Title, Month Date, Year Created, medium, Collection, Museum/Institution, Location (if applicable), in Book Title, by Author First Last (if different from photographer) (Publisher Location: Publisher, Year Published), page number.

Bibliography:

Last, First. Photograph Title. Month Date, Year Created. Medium. Collection, Museum/Institution, Location (if applicable). In Book Title, by Author First Last (if different from photographer), page number. Publisher Location: Publisher, Year Published.

Front Cover


Page 2 The title page and subsequent pages after the cover will have publication information


Page of Photograph

Chicago Style Photograph Citation Example:

Note:

1. Peter Bennett, Antique Shop, East Village, photograph, in New York City: A Photographic Portrait (Rockport: Twin Lights, 2007), 21.

Bibliography:

Bennett, Peter. Antique Shop, East Village. Photograph. In New York City: A Photographic Portrait, 21. Rockport: Twin Lights, 2007.


How to Cite a Photograph via Website

Chicago Style Online Photograph Citation Structure:

Note:

1. First Last, Photograph Title, Month Date, Year Created, medium, Size (if available), Collection, Museum/Institution, Location (if not in museum/institution name), URL.

Bibliography:

Last, First. Photograph Title. Month Date, Year Created. Medium, size (if available). Collection, Museum/Institution, Location (if not in museum/institution name). URL.

Website


Date accessed: Only include if there is no publication date

Chicago Style Online Photograph Citation Example:

Note:

1. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Juvisy, France, 1938, photograph, Museum of Modern Art, New York, https://www.moma.org/collection/works/49983.

Bibliography:

Cartier-Bresson, Henri. Juvisy, France. 1938. Photograph. Museum of Modern Art, New York. https://www.moma.org/collection/works/49983.

You can find more information on citing sources found online in our guide on citing websites in Chicago.


How to Cite a Photograph via Database

Chicago Style Photograph Citation Structure:

Note:

1. First Last, Photograph Title, Month Date, Year Created, medium, size (if available), Collection, Museum/Institution, Location (if not in museum/institution name), URL or database name.

Bibliography:

Last, First. Photograph Title. Month Date, Year Created. Medium, size (if available). Collection, Museum/Institution, Location (if not in museum/institution name). URL or Database name.

*URL Note: Only include if URL is stable. If none, use database name instead.

Database


Date accessed: Only include if there is no publication date

Chicago Style Photograph Citation Example:

Note:

1. Leonard Freed, Holidaymakers Stuck in Traffic Jam, 1965, photograph, ARTstor.

Bibliography:

Freed, Leonard. Holidaymakers Stuck in Traffic Jam. 1965. Photograph. ARTstor.


How to Cite a Digital Image

Chicago Style Digital Image Citation Structure:

Note:

1. First Last, “Title,” digital image, Website Title, Month Date, Year Published, Accessed Month Date, Year (if no publication year), URL.

Bibliography:

Last, First. “Title.” Digital image. Website Title, Month Date, Year Published. Accessed Month Date, Year (if no publication year). URL.

*Title Note: If none, include description of image instead.

Website of Image


Website Footer


Image Search: Do not cite the search engine used to find the image, but the website of the image indexed by the search engine


Date accessed: Only include if there is no publication date

Chicago Style Digital Image Citation Example:

Note:

1. “Guggenheim Museum in Spain,” digital image, HowStuffWorks, accessed July 22, 2010, https://www.howstuffworks.com.

Bibliography:

“Guggenheim Museum in Spain.” Digital image. HowStuffWorks. Accessed July 22, 2010. https://www.howstuffworks.com.

 


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