Nappy.co or just Nappy is the world’s first stock photo site dedicated to free high-quality pictures of black and brown people.
The search for stock photos of black people
I’ve always had an issue finding stock photos of black people to use in my projects. As a Jamaican graphic designer and web developer, a majority of my clients tend to come from the Caribbean. My clients don’t want to see Sally holding a cup of coffee in Starbucks or Chad working on his computer when their customers are black and brown people. They want to see people that look like them and their customers.
Sure, it would be easier (a lot easier) to hire a photographer, but most times, they don’t have the money. So, I’m stuck scouring the internet for not only pictures of black people but also images that are free to use in personal and commercial projects.
I don’t remember how I found Nappy but I’m glad I did. I’ve been using the website for a few months now to find high-quality stock photos of black people to use in my projects and I’ve yet to be disappointed in the quality. Whatever the subject, Nappy usually has a suitable photo for it.
An easy to use interface
The homepage is pretty straightforward with a Pinterest style grid of featured photos that you can click on to zoom in. On the photo page, you will see the Instagram of the photographer, a link to all their pictures on Nappy and of course, the download button. The developers were also sweet enough to add a previous and next button to navigate through the zoomed-in images.
The search function works similarly to that of Unsplash or Pexels by using a combination of Metadata and tags to show suitable photos that match the keyword entered.
Filter images with just a click
Don’t want to use the search feature? Use their most popular categories section to find a beautiful stock image with just a click and two scrolls.
A diverse and supportive community
Nappy’s photos are all submitted by their community, and they don’t require any attribution, but it is strongly encouraged. If you want to contribute to Nappy to tackle diversity and representation, just click the ‘submit photo’ button at the bottom of the page, fill out your contact information and attach your photo. They even let you know when your image is featured. 🙂
Nappy’s images are entirely free to use in personal and commercial projects but don’t take my word for it, here’s what they say:
All photos posted on nappy are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license so feel free to do your thing. That means you can download these photos, modify them, share them, distribute them, or use them for whatever you want for free. In fact, we encourage it. The more you use them, the more we’re helping improve the representation of black and brown people in media.Nappy.co license agreement
Nappy is an amazing website that helps black creators and brands to have more diverse and inclusive stock photos on the internet. All the images are entirely free and they seek no attribution or money for the work they’ve done. I applaud this move and I recommend Nappy.co to not only Jamaican graphic designers and web developers but also anyone who is designing a product for a predominantly black or brown community. You can learn more about their mission here and you can follow them on Instagram @shademgmt.