Enter your search words in the box and hit enter or click the magnifying glass. You can apply filters in the panel to the left of your search results to help you find just what you need.

All searches are AND searches - there is no need to type AND yourself.

You can also use the word NOT to exclude words. Try searching for CORNWALL NOT DUCHESS or POLITICIAN NOT BRITISH

We keyword the month in three letter format JAN, FEB, MAR etc. and the year as 2002, 2003, 2004 on all events and news stories. You can also restrict your search to a single decade by adding 1980s or 1990s for example.

Searching for people

Stock & Archive Searches

Search for the person's name and you will see results displayed with the latest images first. Clicking OLDEST reverses the display order.

You can then use the Filters on the left to refine your search.

You may wish to add PERSONALITY first, then one of the words below used to describe the type of image.

These include:

  • ALONE
  • WITH OTHERS
  • HEADSHOT
  • FULL LENGTH
  • PERFORMING
  • NOT-PERFORMING (just for Singers/Musicians/Group etc.)
  • POSED (shows one-to-one photo sessions)

And/or a word to descibe the context:

  • RED CARPET (that's Premieres and Awards)
  • PARTY
  • OUT AND ABOUT (Daytime and nightime in public areas)
  • FILM STILLS
  • TELEVISION SHOW
  • PLAY

Activities such as DRINKING, CRYING, SHOPPING are always keyworded with the -ING word ending.

Similarly, 'thematic' searches can be found by searching for such things as 'STAR DRINKING' or 'STAR SKIING'.

Or try searching by profession, such as 'POLITICIAN CRYING' or 'FASHION DESIGNER SMOKING'. Popular occupation filters are in a 'closed' list. Click on the + to open it up.

If you find you are getting too many wrong results when searching for performers whose names use common words, such as BLUE, THE WHO and TAKE THAT, for example, then try adding POP GROUP to your search string, but bear in mind we don't add POP GROUP to all groups.

We have also compiled a more detailed Fashion Terms list of the keywords we use to define celebrity trends and styles - click here to view the full list.

Make your search, then use the filters to refine the results.

Your first choice might be

  • STOCK & ARCHIVE (excludes Personality pics!)

Next you might choose one of these subject areas:

  • ANIMAL
  • ART
  • CRIME
  • DEMONSTRATION
  • DISASTER
  • FASHION
  • FOOD AND DRINK
  • HISTORICAL
  • HUMOUR
  • INDUSTRY
  • MEDICAL
  • MILITARY
  • MUSIC
  • NOSTALGIA
  • POLICE
  • RELIGION
  • SCIENCE
  • SPORT
  • TRANSPORT
  • TRAVEL
  • WAR AND CONFLICT

We add the keywords MODEL RELEASED to all MODEL RELEASED images. If it doesn't say it's MODEL RELEASED, it isn't.