Last update: July 6, 2023
Depicting diversity is important. As the phrase goes, a picture is worth a thousand words but what if the people in a thousand pictures all look the same?
You’ve seen the cliché, traditional stock photos. You know the ones with the group of business professionals wearing perfectly ironed blouses and pointing at a laptop screen? Or the photo of the family dinner, including mom, dad, and children – all white – seated around the dinner table marveling over the turkey dinner? Stock photo providers have a ton of these types of traditional photos.
You could spend hours scrolling through the pages, clicking next, just trying to find more diversity or even just a photo where the main subject is not white. It can be frustrating and disheartening.
However, at Supernova, we collected a list of stock photo providers that go against stereotypes and clichés. They make a point of including people of various genders, sexual orientations, cultures and ethnicities. These high-res photos not only compliment your website, social media, or print design but help encourage using photos of people who are more reflective and inclusive of our multi-cultured, gender and racially diverse world.
Check out these 8 diversity-friendly, stock photo providers. By the way, most of these websites are free of charge!
Photo by Dellon Thomas from Nappy
Nappy provides beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people for free.
Like this article?
Subscribe for more great content.
2. The Gender Spectrum Collection
Photo by Zackary Drucker from The Gender Spectrum Collection
The Gender Spectrum Collection is a stock photo library featuring “images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés of putting on makeup and holding trans flags.” They’re free!
Stocksy is a paid for stock photo provider with focus on unique, beautifully authentic imagery. You won’t find diversity photos like this from other stock photo companies.
4. Leanin collection
The Leanin Collection is a paid for collection of photos meant to break outdated stereotypes of women in the office.
CreateHER Stock is a lifestyle-esque, stock photography for female bloggers, creatives, and online influencers of color. These photos encourage diversity and include photography of people of all races, ethnicities and particularly of black women.
Photo by fresh_salad via Iwaria
Discover the real Africa. Find free African high quality photos for your projects at Iwaria.
7. Women in Tech Photos
The Women in Tech Photos is a collection of photos addressing diversity by including more visible representations of women of color engaging in technical tasks.
8. Disabled and Here Collection
Disabled And Here is a disability-led stock image and interview series celebrating disabled Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC).
9. Queer in Tech
Queer in Tech is a collection of stock photos to encourage and enable everyone in tech to represent LGBTQIA+ people at work.
Though there are stock photo websites working towards more diversity, in reality, there is just not enough.