Digital Images (Hi-res TIFFs) for Commercial or Private Use
Use this form to contact us about the purchase or use of digital images. (For general inquiries, click here.) Hi-res TIFFs are much larger than even the full-size jpegs used on this web site. File sizes up to 400 mb. Details below. PLEASE NOTE: If an image does not have a BUY PRINT link, it is probably not available for purchase as a digital image.
¶ Our client list includes IBM, Sony Music, HarperCollins Publishing and Wells Fargo Bank.
For private, non-commercial or non-marketing purposes you can use selected, small (512 pixels wide) images from Shorpy. You may not recreate the entire site, sections, collections or galleries on your server or in any publication. If you use an image from Shorpy be sure to include a link back to the original post or the full-size version of the image on Shorpy. Do not add Shorpy photos to Flickr or other photo sharing sites.
Commercial Use and Publications
High-resolution versions of photos are available for use in commercial projects and print publications. Use the form above to let us know which image(s) you are interested in using. We will work closely with you to make sure you and your clients are completely satisfied.
If you have a specific image in mind, but can't find it on the site, just reach out to us and we can help you with your research.
Each image is extracted from full-resolution scans. We know quality is important, so the work on each image can take several hours, depending on the amount of work that needs to be done to bring detail out of the shadows, suppress overexposed highlights, and remove blemishes caused by dust, scratches and mold. Color images require correction for color cast as well. The before-and-after composites below show the condition of some of these old glass negatives a century after they were exposed, and how they look after a day at the digital restoration spa.
Above: Click here to enlarge and see final version.
Above: A more extreme example. Click here to enlarge.
Above: Underexposed, strong blue color cast.