If the sale of a photo last week for £2.7m has inspired you to view or buy some photography yourself, or even to pick up a camera, you'll like Michael Prodger's five best picture websites
Last week, an image by the German artist Andreas Gursky sold for £2.7 million, setting a world record for a photograph. But great photographs can be had for rather less than that. These sites tell you where to find – and how to take – them.
National Media Museum The Bradford museum contains 3.5 million images and this site is both a showcase for their exhibitions programme and a portal for infinite inspirational browsing in the National Photography Collection. Visit National Media Museum.
Magnum The most famous name in photography, a collective whose members include Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martin Parr. Their work and that of the new crop of camera artists is showcased here. It also offers some all-time great images for sale as special prints. Visit Magnum Photos.
Photography Homepages A compendium site for professional photographers that nevertheless offers amateurs a quick way into sites specialising in everything from fashion to landscape, as well as blogs and magazines. Visit Photography Homepages.
Pixiq A packed site for photographers both aspiring and professional, with news of exhibitions, kit and books, and technique-improving advice on everything from Photoshop to taking pictures in the rain. Visit Pixiq.
The Photographers’ Gallery The website of London’s photographic home, with news of exhibitions and talks. A place for collectors to buy high-end prints from the archives of Lartigue, Lee Miller et al, as well as modern photographers. Visit The Photographers’ Gallery.