Slide and Photo Resources

The best source for inexpensive, quality slides and photos is CIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency. Currently slides cost $2 each. You can call, write, or fax CIDA requesting particular series (e.g., shots of the capital of Ghana, Kenyan village life, a Koranic school). A contact sheet of slides on a selected topic can be ordered for $14, which then allows you to select those you most want. (Costs are quoted in Canadian dollars.) Ask how long an order will take;  usually this will be around two weeks. If you would like, when ordering, ask if they can give you a brief caption (e.g., “Nairobi” for your slides).

David Barbour, Photo Editor
CIDA
200 Promenade du Portage
Hull, Quebec K1A OG4
CANADA

Phone: 819-953-8471
Fax: 819-953-6381

CIDA’s photo library also covers Asia and Latin America and perhaps now eastern Europe as well.

Other quality relatively inexpensive photo sources:

  1. The Maryknoll Order
    P.O. Box 308
    Maryknoll, NBY 10545-0308
    (covers Asia and Latin America as well)
  2. National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian
    202-357-4600
    (photo collection extends well beyond art to society as a whole)
  3. AfricaFocus, Sights and Sounds of a Continent University of Wisconsin-Madison African Studies Program and the University of Wisconsin Memorial Library