Skip to Main Content
George Mason University Infoguides | University Libraries
See Updates and FAQss for the latest library services updates.


Tips and resources for photography research and studio practices.

Search for photography books and articles in Mason Libraries

Search the University Libraries print and electronic holdings in one simple search. 

Advanced Search

For more refined searching, we recommend searching in specific databases/journals

Finding photography books

To find books by a specific photographer or writer:

  • Start with an advanced search in Mason Search (the library catalog)
  • Change the first search field to Author and enter the photographer's name
  • To see books at other libraries that you can also borrow, change the collection to "WRLC Catalogs (includes Mason)"

To find books about a photographer such as critical essays or histories, see the next tab, "Find Books by Subject/Topic"


To find photography books on a specific subject, topic, process, etc.:

  • Start with an advanced search in the library catalog:
  • Change the first search field to "Subject" and enter your topic terms, an artist/photographer's name, or a medium or process
  • On the second line, change the search to "Any field" and enter photography

What is a subject search?

Subject searches look for books that have been assigned a subject (like a #hashtag) by catalogers and libraries. Subject searches can be very precise and help limit your searches to materials that are actually about your topic, but they are also not very flexible: unless that specific term has been tagged on a book, you might not see results. One trick is to look for another book that you know is on a similar topic and see what subject headings have been given to that work.

Photography Books in Mason Libraries (browsing)

Looking for a specific book, artist, or photo process? Use the library's catalog to search, OR you can browse the shelves in these areas. Most of the photography books are located on the 5th floor of Fenwick Library, though many current books on photo processes and professional/business practices are available online.


If you're interested in... Browse in these call number sections Search with these keywords
Photography processes

TR 250 - TR 265 - darkroom photography

TR 510 - TR 545 - color photography

  • darkroom
  • photography digital techniques
  • forensic photography
  • HDR photography
  • photo retouching
  • photo restoration
  • Photoshop
Lighting TR 590 - TR 620
  • daylight photography
  • low light ...
Photo applications
(commercial, fashion, fine art)
TR 624 - TR 835
  • commercial photography 
  • fashion ...
  • wedding ...
  • architectural ...
  • fine art or artistic ...
  • documentary or travel ...
  • headshot or portrait ...
Film, Cinematography TR 845 - TR 899
  • videography
  • cinematography
  • video recording
Photo studio & business operations TR 690.6
  • photography licensing
  • photography business
  • commercial photography
  • model releases
  • freelance
  • photography ethics