Rarely seen photos include President Franklin D. Roosevelt standing, the U.S. liberation of a Nazi concentration camp and civil rights protests at 1964 World’s Fair
Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, has added 75,000 archival images from Meredith Corporation’s LIFE Picture Collection, an iconic visual chronicle of the 20th Century, to its digital offerings as part of its renewed partnership. This initial wave of rarely seen imagery is part of a broader commitment on the part of Meredith and Getty Images to add at least 75,000 images annually to the collection for the next five years.
“We’re thrilled to make more of this incredible historic content available to our customers,” said Bob Ahern, Director of Archive Photography, Getty Images. “This imagery—with more to come in the next several years—combined with our extensive archival content, ensures that we can give them unprecedented access to historical imagery and ultimately help them better tell their stories.”
Getty Images and the LIFE Picture Collection have been partners since 2003. During this time, nearly one million photos have been added to Getty Images.
Among the 75,000 images are rarely seen photos of President Franklin D. Roosevelt standing and civil rights protests at the 1964 World’s Fair. Special attention was also given to photos about WWII, such as the first Nazi concentration camp to be liberated by American troops, as well as the exploration of the NASA space program, politics, science, fashion and social movement themes for which LIFE is known. Other rarely seen images of 20th century icons portray Muhammad Ali, Jane Fonda, Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, Neil Armstrong and Dwight Eisenhower, among others.
“Since Meredith acquired the LIFE Picture Collection in 2018, we continue to make more of the collection accessible,” said Jill Golden, Director, LIFE Picture Collection. “We’re in the process of reviewing 100,000 individual stories commissioned by LIFE Magazine during its existence and we’re creating a comprehensive snapshot of this vast collection.”
The 75,000 images were taken by esteemed LIFE Magazine staff photographers including Ralph Crane, Fritz Goro, Nina Leen, Hansel Mieth, Ralph Morse, George Silk and W. Eugene Smith. These photos as well as the nearly one million pictures which were previously added to Getty Images are exclusively available for editorial licensing via GettyImages.com.
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