Sources of stock photos featuring people of color

I’ve written before about free, Creative Commons-sourced photos before. However, some want to know where to find stock photos that prominently feature people of color. Discussions I’ve seen on Twitter and elsewhere show there’s a demand for stock images that feature minorities. While one could do a search for such via Google Images, Flickr, etc., it’d be nicer to go to someplace that has such photos already selected and organized.

Below are some sources of diverse stock images. A few are taken from a Twitter thread and the blog Ask Welmoed.

Free stock photos

Women of Color in Tech (WOCinTech)

Man at computer (PicNoi)
Photo by PicNoi (PicNoi / CC0)

Women of Color in Tech is a site that provides an online space for women and non-binary people of color interested in tech. They’ve also extended this area of interest to stock photography. WOCinTech offers on its Flickr page various images of women using computers and other technology. They’re all available to use under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.

Creative Commons itself ran an interview with the site’s owners, Stephanie Morillo and Christina Morillo (no relation).


PicNoi is a website offering stock images of people of color doing various things, including using technology. The site’s photos are licensed under Creative Commons’ public domain license (CC0).

Non-free stock photos


The site sells photos of people of color in a variety of situations, including working, using technology, politically active, etc.

BRWN Stock Imaging

Photos for sale of various people of color.

LGBT people of color

How well the sites above feature people of color who’re also LGBT might vary. That said, here’s a few (non-free) sites with a fair number of images of LGBT people of color:

Where do you like to turn to for stock photos? Do you have any other sites to recommend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

One comment

  1. Hi,

    Great post! Have you checked out yet? We are one of the leading stock photography contributors, and now we’re giving away lots of images for free. We have lots of photos of people of diverse ethnicities and LGBT. It would be amazing if you could add us to your list. :)

    Thank you,


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