How to Write a Bibliography for a Picture

In school, most of us are taught how to create citations and bibliographies. However, most schools only teach students how to cite a book or a Web site. There are dozens of other types of sources out there, such as pictures. Different information is needed for a picture citation than the information needed for a book citation. The citation will also differ depending on whether it is a photograph or a painting.

For a photograph:

Start with the last name of the photographer, followed by a comma, then the photographer's first name and middle initial, then a period.

For example:

Smith, John P.

After one space, write the title of the photo and underline it, followed by another period.

After one space, write the day, month, and year that you saw the photo, followed by a period. Like this: 4 May 2008.There should be no commas in this section.

After one space, write the name of the collection, followed by a comma, then the name of the museum or location of the photo, followed by a comma, then the name of the city where the photo was located, followed by a period.

For example: Flower Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

If citing a painting, everything stays the same except for the date. Instead of listing the date on which you saw the painting, list the year the painting was created. Only the year is needed, not the full date.

Things Needed

  • Name of the photographer/artist Photo title Date the picture was created or seen Collection name Location of the picture (e.g. museum name plus the city name)


About the Author

Courtney Clark studied English, creative writing, film and history at Southern Virginia University from 2005 through 2008, earning a Bachelor of Arts. During her time at SVU, Clark participated in the English Honors Society and the university's film club.