Quality of ContentThe search capabilities on this site are pretty good and fairly thorough. You can search by region,...
Quality of ContentThe search capabilities on this site are pretty good and fairly thorough. You can search by region, country, place, theme, subject, keyword, year, and photographer. A brief review of the pictures revealed lots of excellent images. But searches on certain combinations (Africa, 1996) revealed too few pictures to make this database a reliable source of images from different spaces, cultures, and times. Like most sites that promise a world of content in its search options, it offers only what it currently has. (If the U.S. were to rejoin UNESCO, I wonder if the added funding would help with photo acquisitions.)Potential EffectivenessI could see this photobank being useful for illustrating various lecture and discussion topics (e.g., cultural change, modernization, globalization). If, for instance, I needed images of the Altamira caves, I could do a specific search for them. I suppose I could do this on Google images, too, but I?m more likely to get better quality images here.Ease of UseThe site offers a French language option for Francophones; it also an English version for us Francophobes. I?m not sure what constitutes fair use with this site. I was also surprised UNESCO would charge--quite steeply in some cases--for use of these photos. Despite the lack of content in some areas, the search functions worked well. I never got lost in the search results.