Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Artful Plunder | Morgue File
Morguefile is a free photo archive “for creatives, by creatives.” Founded by Michael Connors in the early Internet days of 1996, the site was created to serve as a free image exchange for creative professionals and teachers to use in their work. This same mission remains true today: we are a community-based free photo site, and all photos found in the Morguefile archive are free for you to download and re-use in your work, be it commercial or not. The photos have been contributed by a wide range of creatives from around the world, ranging from amateur photo hobbyists to professionals.
Why is it called Morguefile? A morgue file is a place to keep post production materials for use of reference — an inactive job file. This term was popular with newspapers to describe the file that held past issues flats. Although it has also been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers and teachers as well. It has evolved and in modern usage, its scope has expanded to cover many post-production materials for use of reference.