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Film Stills

Photograph of actors Ethel Waters, Kenneth Spencer, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Lena Horne, and Rex Ingram in Cabin in the Sky

Film stills (or publicity stills) are photographs taken during the production of a motion picture or television program for promotional purposes. Common subjects include actors and actresses at film sets, film premieres, and other commercial settings. Before employing any photograph in your work, please make sure to carefully evaluate the item for its copyright status and fair use policies on the site. Some film stills are protected by copyright laws and, therefore, may not be in the public domain and may not be used for educational purposes. You can always consult a librarian if you have specific film still/image need you are looking to find! 

Film Stills Online: Libraries and Archives

Film Stills Online: Websites

Physical Film Stills held in Libraries and Archives


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Finding Film Stills in Books

The following list contains print resources that contain film stills and are available at Langson Library. They are also available at other UC libraries and can be easily requested through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

Image Credit

Image credit: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. "Ethel Waters, Kenneth Spencer, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Lena Horne, and Rex Ingram in Cabin in the Sky" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 26, 2023.