Report: Getty Images Opens Access to 30000 Images of Black Diaspora in UK and US – LJ INFOdocket

Posted By on July 18, 2022

From The Guardian:

A collection of almost 30,000 rarely seen images of the black diaspora in the UK and the US, dating from the 19th century to the present, has been launched as part of an educational initiative to raise awareness of the history of black people in the UK.

The Black History & Culture Collection includes more than 20 categories of images including politics, hair, education, female empowerment and LGBTQ+.


Getty Images, which holds one of the largest photo collections in the world, announced on Tuesday that it would make these photos free to use for not-for-profit or educational purposes. The collection will grant access to images for educators, researchers and content creators, allowing them to tell untold stories from black history and culture that go beyond narratives of enslavement and colonisation.

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Additional Info From Getty Images

The collection is available for projects focused on education around the histories and cultures of the African/Black Diaspora, dating back to the 1800s. Content created from the collection by partners must not produce revenue and/or be included in any revenue driving advertising or marketing.

The Black History & Culture Collection was carefully curated from content owned by Getty Images, in partnership with internationally recognized researchers, historians and educators, including Dr. Deborah Willis of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Jina DuVernay of Clark Atlanta University, Dr. Tukufu Zuberi of the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Mark Sealy MBE and Rene Mussai of Autograph.


The Black History & Culture Collection is part of a wider program of activity GettyImages has made toward antiracism, inclusion, and dismantling discrimination.In 2021, the company established the Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), supporting the digitization of archival photos from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Learn more about the collection, launch partners, curators, and content.

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