Photography: The World through the Lens assembles collections of photographs, photograph albums, photographically illustrated books and texts on the early history of photography from libraries and archives from across the globe.
While these image banks require additional subscriptions and/or fees to utilize their assets and are not provided through the PMA Library and Archives, they offer high-resolution downloads of many art objects and other graphic design elements.
Some photo agencies listed here own or manage the rights for works in the museum's permanent collection.
Art Resource is the world's largest fine art stock photo archive, with more than 1,000,000 searchable fine art images from the world's leading sources, available for licensing to all media. This group supplies images for many leading museums, including The National Gallery (UK).
The world's leading specialists in the distribution of fine art, cultural and historical media for reproduction. This group handles reproduction services for a number of museums and libraries, including the Free Library of Philadelphia.