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Photography (2020): Books

A guide for students in photography classes- created by librarian Maryke Barber

Books, Articles & Films from Hollins and RC

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Worldcat: Find books in libraries worldwide, and order them via Inter-Library Loan if Hollins does not have them.


  • Using will sort your results by relevance; using will put our books first.
  • When searching for a person in Worldcat, it helps to add a search term (or two) about who they are/what they do - to sort them out from other people with the same name. Try the following formula for photographers, for example:

Matthew Brady and photo*

or use the advanced search:

  • keyword: "Matthew Brady"
  • subject: photo*

Google Books contains full text for books in the public domain (pre-1923); partial text for books under copyright.

Very useful for finding out which books contain information on your topic; then you can order them via inter-library loan if Hollins doesn't have them.

Search Tips

Examples of subjects in the online catalog:

  • Weems, Carrie Mae,1953 -- Exhibitions

             This is an exhibition catalog.

General subjects (for a list you can browse):

  • Photographers
  • Photography, artistic
  • Photojournalism
  • Photography - History
  • Photograph collections

Search for People:

Last name, first name:

Mann, Sally

No results? Search more broadly: 

women photographers OR
"united states" and photographers

Or to narrow down, add:

  • Country
  • Time period (19th century, 20th century, etc.)
  • Genre (pinhole)

Use the *

Use the *  (asterisk) to truncate your search terms, to search several terms at once.
Example: photograph* = photograph, photographs, photography, photographer, etc.

Where are the.....

Book Locations


HU - General Collection:
"T" numbers are on the 2nd floor


HU - Folio and Oversize Folio:
2nd floor - TR is on the balcony!


HU- Reference
1st floor


RC - General Collection
use the "request" function in the online catalog

What the Numbers Mean

TR in Detail

TR 1

Periodicals. Societies. Almanacs. Yearbooks

TR 6

Exhibitions. Collections

TR 9-12

Dictionaries & directories

TR 15

History of photography (general)

TR 21-126

By country

TR 139


TR 144-145

General works on photography

TR 183

Psychology, aesthetics, etc.

TR 250-265


TR 267

Digital photography

TR 510

Color photography

TR 640-685

Artistic photography

TR 642

General works

TR 644-647


TR 647

Works of individual photographers, A-Z (international)

TR 650-655

Collections of art photographs

TR 651-655

By period

TR 654


TR 655


TR 656-686

Genres of artistic photography

TR 657-658

Art objects

TR 659


TR 660


TR 674-675

Human figure

TR 680-681


TR 681

Special classes of persons, A-Z

TR 681 .W6


TR 685


TR 690-

Other types of photography: commercial, scientific, etc.

TR 721-729

Nature photography

TR 820


TR 820.5

Documentary photography

TR 845-899


TR 848


TR 849


TR 850-851

General works

TR 892-896

Applied cinematography

TR 897.5

Animated filmmaking

TR 897.7

Computer applications

TR 899

Miscellaneous aspects of cinematography

TR 925-1045

Photomechanical processes

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