You can now research the popularity of what photographers are searching for through the Google Images search engine. Google Trends has expanded to include more “lenses”, and one of those is Images.
“We’re opening up more data to show what people in the world are looking for, as they’re looking for it—whether it’s just out of curiosity, to write a story or something else,” Google writes.
On the Google Trends website, after conducting a search for a particular term, you can now change from Web Search to Image Search in a drop-down menu. In the subsequent results, you can further filter by location, time frame, and category.
Here are a few different photography-related search terms we tried to see how their Google Images search popularity has changed over the past 5 years:
For each search term, you can also look up where the term is popular around the world as well as related terms people are also searching for. For example, we find that people who search for Henri Cartier-Bresson photos are also interested in Vivian Maier‘s photos.
Head on over to Google Trends if you’ve like to dig into some image search trends yourself.