Basic format for citing a digital photograph… using the APA Style

Author (Role of Author). (Year image was created). Title of work [Type of work], Retrieved Month Day, Year, from: URL (address of website)

Photograph of an Afghan girl

McCurry, Steve. (Photographer). (1985). Afghan Girl [Photograph], Retrieved February 15, 2015, from:


How to cite a photograph found on a website:


Woman at protest
A woman makes her support of her marriage, and not civil unions, known.


Photograph found on Wikipedia. 

Last, First M. (Photographer). Month Date, Year Created. Photograph Title. (Photograph).

      Collection, Museum/Institution, Location. Accessed Month Date, Year from URL of website.


Bowmer, Rick. (Photographer). April 28, 2015. Same-sex Marriage Supporter John Wilkes Holds

       a Sign Encouraging Drivers to Honk in Support of Marriage Equality. (Photograph).

       Associated Press, Salt Lake City, Utah. AP Images. Accessed July 28 2015 from


How to cite a photograph found in print (e.g. book, journal article):

Last, First M. (Photographer). Month Date, Year Created.  Photograph Title. (Photograph).

       Collection, Museum/Institution, Location. In Book Title. Author First Author Last. City:

       Publisher, Year Published. Page/Plate Number.


Humphries, Marilyn. (Photographer). May 17, 2004. Gays Wed, World Doesn’t End.

       (Photograph). Bay Window. In Courting Equality. Patricia Gozemba. Boston: Beacon Press,

       2007. P. XXVIII.


How to cite an original photograph:

Last, First M. Photograph Title. Month Date, Year Created. Collection, Museum/Institution,




These are guidelines.  Always check with your professors for their preferences.