UNESCO offers this database of over 10,000 images, dating back to 1946, depicting subjects related to UNESCO's activities: education, food relief, and preserving culture. The search interface provides boxes for users to enter subject and keyword terms as free text, while region, country, place, theme, year or photographer can be selected from pull down menus. Combining years with other terms proved largely unsuccessful, and the photographer menu is almost too long to be useable, but using one set of terms at a time retrieved more choices. For example, selecting Bosnia-Herzegovina from the country menu returned four recent pictures including buildings damaged by war and shipments of food arriving. Using adult literacy as a search key retrieved seven pictures from Ecuador, showing students reading by lamplight and a woman writing in an exercise book while holding a baby. Culture as a theme got the largest grouping of over 1,000 images, the first few of which were primarily folk dancers and musicians. UNESCO plans on making rights and reproductions information available to facilitate ordering; currently an email address is provided for those interested in using the images in publications.
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