How to Cite a Picture or Image in MLA

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Photograph – An image produced by a camera.


Citing a photograph or image displayed in a museum or institution (viewed in-person)

The citations below are based on information from the MLA Style Center.

Works Cited
Structure

Creator’s Last Name, First Name. Image Title. Year Created. Museum/Institution, Location.

Example

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

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In-text Citations
Structure

(Creator’s Last Name)

Example

(Cartier-Bresson)

 


Citing a photograph or image from a museum or institution (viewed online)

Many museums have online collections of their work. The citations below are based on information from the MLA Style Center.

Works Cited
Structure Creator’s Last Name, First Name. Image Title. Year Created. Museum/Institution, Numbers (if applicable), URL.
Examples

Boudin, Eugene. On the Beach, Sunset. 1865. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/438551. 

Gilpin, Laura. Terraced Houses, Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico. 1939. Library of Congress, Reproduction no. LC-USZ62-102170, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/90716883/.

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In-text Citations
Structure

(Creator’s Last Name)

Example

(Boudin)

(Gilpin)


Citing a digital image on a web page or online article

Digital Image – A picture which can be viewed electronically by a computer.

Here’s the standard structure for a digital image citation found on a website. It follows guidance found in the MLA Style Center. 

Works Cited
Structure Article or Web page Author’s Last Name, First Name. “Image Title.” Website Name, Day Month Year Published, URL.
Example

Haigney, Sophie. “‘The Scream’ is Fading. New Research Reveals Why.” The New York Times, 7 Feb. 2020, www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/arts/design/the-scream-edvard-munch-science.html.

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Image search: Do not cite the search engine (example: Google Images) where the image is found, but the website of the image the search engine indexes.

 

In-text Citations
Structure

(Web page author’s Last Name)

Example (Haigney)

 


Citing a photograph from a book

Works Cited
Structure

Image Creator’s Last, First M. Image Title. Year Created. Book Title, by Book Author’s First Last Name, Publisher, Year Published. Page(s).

Example

Ikemoto, Luna. Cat in Repose. 2017. Bodega Cat’s Adventure, by Wendy Prosser, Feline Press, 2020, p. 22.

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In-text Citations
Structure

(Creator’s Last Name Page #)

Example

(Ikemoto 22)

 


Citing a photograph you took

The photo would be considered as part of a “personal collection.” The example below follows guidance found in the MLA Style Center. 

Works Cited
Structure Your Last Name, First Name. Image description or Image Title. Day Month Year taken, URL. Author’s personal collection.
Example Doe, Jane. Tumbleweed Gulch. 3 Jan. 2019. Author’s personal collection.

 

Smith, John. Cats being fed. 11 Aug. 2001. Author’s personal collection.

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In-text Citations
Structure

(Your Last Name)

Example

(Doe)

(Smith)


 

Citing a photograph from a database

Works Cited
Structure

Creator’s Last Name, First Name. Photograph Title. Year Created. Database Name, Numbers (if applicable), URL.

Example

Freed, Leonard. Holidaymaker Stuck in Traffic Jam. 1965. ARTstor, www.arstor.org.

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