About Kurdistan-Photolibrary.org


The Photolibrary of Kurdistan was established in 2008 and is based in Iraqi Kurdistan's Hawler City ( Erbil ). It is a digital library dedicated exclusively to photographs of Kurdistan and the Kurdish people, in Kurdistan and around the world. Our goal is to archive and preserve for current and future generations a continually expanding photographic collection that depicts the country and people of Kurdistan, resulting in the largest searchable resource of its kind.

Our rich collection of images are gathered from various regions where Kurdish communities are located, and obtained worldwide from public collections, private donors, photo agencies and contributing photographers. The collection spans a broad period and covers diverse subject areas that include :

  • Politics ( Personalities, Institutions, Events )

  • Economy ( Agriculture, Industry, Services )

  • Society ( People, Religion, Activities, Migration )

  • Geography ( Country, Regions, Towns )

  • If you are a library, museum, photo agency or a professional photographer with photographs of Kurdistan and its people, or if you simply have Kurdish photographs that you would like to share on our site, please contact us . See Contact and read Submitting images .Our staff would be happy to advise you on matters related to scanning, archiving and preservation.

    We warmly encourage you to join us in our preservation efforts and to help make available to the world and the future the cultural, social, and political heritage of the Kurdish people.

    Kurdish and Arabic versions will soon be available.


    Terms and Conditions


    Use of this Site and downloading of any material will constitute a legal binding agreement upon you ( and any third parties you may be using this site on behalf of, including but not limited to an employer, contractee or client ) to comply with the following Terms and Conditions laid out below. 

    The Photolibrary of Kurdistan and its employees, contributors, affiliates and agents ( the suppliers ) are not responsible and shall not be held liable in any way to you and any party claiming through you for any damages arising from the use of this site. You must satisfy yourself that all necessary rights, consents and permissions as may be required for reproduction of the image have been secured.

    You agree that you will not use this Site for any unlawful activity. You will not harvest, duplicate or redirect any information, traffic or content from this site. You will not bypass or attempt to bypass any security measures in place. You will provide accurate and truthful information when and where requested.

    The Photolibrary of Kurdistan reserves the right to deny or revoke our registration and/or any benefits( in relation to Site use, Service, Rates or Contents ) should it deem fit.

    The Photolibrary of Kurdistan reserves the right to amend or change any benefits it offers to Registrated Users.

    All content displayed on this Site ( including but not limited to text, graphics and photographs ) is the property of the Photolibrary of Kurdistan, its licensors and contributors and it is protected by International Law. 

    The unauthorised downloading, storing, copying, printing, displaying, publishing, transferral, reproduction, modification or dissemination of any content by any method without definitive and explicit written permission from the Photolibrary of Kurdistan or the photographer or the collector is expressely prohibited. We grant you a limited licence to download low resolution preview images of photographs to your computer or email them to a third party solely for the purpose of evaluating whether you wish to purchase a License by the Photolibrary of Kurdistan.

    Any licences granted to you by The Photolibrary of Kurdistan are non- transferable.

    It is your sole responsability to determine whether you are entitled to use any content you may receive from the Photolibrary of Kurdistan, the photographers or the collectors and /or download from this Site.

    All our images are protected by Copyright. When licensed and/or authorised reproduction has been granted, a copyright or a credit line must be included in the following format : © followed by any contributor credit.