Photo Credit Line

Who Took That Picture?

This photo credit line appears under a bit of descriptive text accompanying a page full of photos. | Image by Jacci Howard Bear | From Explore, October 2013, a Publication of the Corsicana Daily Sun.

The photo credit line or photo credit identifies the photographer, illustrator or copyright holder for images in a publication or on a website. The photo credit line may appear adjacent to photos, as part of the caption, or elsewhere on the page. The photo credit line is the photographer's equivalent of the byline for the author of a written work.

Although the internet is a great place for sharing, you shouldn't grab photos from other websites and use them in your own publication or blog without attribution.

Usually, that attribution takes the form of a photo credit line, often with a link to the photographer's website.

Publications typically have a standard format for the wording or placement of bylines and photo credits specified in their style guide. Photographers and copyright holders often require specific wording or offer suggested phrasing to accompany photographs or illustrations they supply. In the case of web use, linking to the photographer's site or other source may be required or suggested. Some examples:

  • Photo by Art T. Fotog
  • Drawings provided by A. Illustrator
  • Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
  • © 2017 House of Clip Art
  • XYZ Images | Art T. Fotog
  • "Pretty Picture" by Art T. Fotog is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Usually the photo credit appears adjacent to the photo, either directly underneath or positioned along one edge. If several photos from the same photographer are used, one photo credit is sufficient.

If no style is specified, use a small—6 point—sans serif font, not bold, up the left or right side of the photo. If the photo is a full bleed, you can place the credit line inside the photo, near the edge, at a slightly larger size.