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This year, Unsplash became the third largest photography site in the world (settling in behind #1: Instagram) and continues to provide high-res/quality, royalty-free photos that are 100% safe to use for any/all of your needs.
"As it turns out, giving people the freedom to use beautiful photos for whatever they wanted (personal projects? company websites? album covers? magazine visuals?) is a surefire way to make those photos spread like wildfire," Unsplash wrote in an article on Medium.com.
A side project of Crew –– an invite-only collaborative community for top freelance designers, developers, and studios –– Unsplash has laid waste to the boring/cheesy stock photos of yore that were traditionally found (and paid for) through catalogue services like Shutterstock and Getty Images, and has cemented its reign over the last three years as the go-to resource for gorgeous photography that anyone can use for absolutely anything.
Unsplash has been so successful, they actually published a new book about photography and creativity, which, incidentally, isn't free like the rest of their photos.
Because this tool has become widely recognized in the marketing and design world, we thought we’d provide you with a very long list of other free stock photo websites that you can pilfer for your next project.
Happy photo hunting!
- Little Visuals
- Death to the Stock Photo
- New Old Stock
- Superfamous (requires attribution)
- Mazwai (free stock video clips)
- The Pattern Library
- IM Free (requires attribution)
- Jay Mantri
- Public Domain Archive
- ISO Republic
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