Stock Photography is Out!

The use of stock photography that featuring able-bodied models in hospital style wheelchairs is not representative of the lived experiences of actual wheelchair users. It’s use reinforces the low standard of production values that is currently deemed acceptable when depicting the lives of wheelchair users.

Meet Some of the Offenders

The photographs below are currently available commercial stock photos with their keyword descriptions. The photos are a representative sample of the majority of stock photos in use.

Cheerful student in wheelchair

Cheerful student in wheelchair

Business woman

Business woman in wheelchair

Man in wheelchair with basketball

Man in wheelchair with basketball

Young female athlete in wheelchair

Young female athlete in wheelchair

woman in wheelchair in the city

Woman in wheelchair in the city

Young couple with friend in wheelchair

Young couple with friend in wheelchair

Woman in wheelchair at the beach

Woman in wheelchair at the beach

Woman in wheelchair

Woman in wheelchair

Man sitting in wheelchair in woods

Man sitting in wheelchair in woods

Paralyzed Man in Wheelchair

Paralyzed Man in Wheelchair

Invalid girl in wheelchair

Invalid girl in wheelchair

Woman helping friend in wheelchair

Woman helping friend in wheelchair

Female graduate in wheelchair

Female graduate in wheelchair