11 March 1951: A group of photographers huddle together, lining up shots with their flash cameras during a Miss Press Photographer beauty contest. Two men struggle to take a cigar from another photographer's mouth. Photo by an unnamed stringer for Hulton Images (c) Hulton Archive/Getty Images.
Archive Photos, Getty Images’ new collection featuring reportage photographs of classic Americana, went live today.
Selected from the 80 million images in the Hulton Archive, with subjects ranging from social history to iconic shots of celebrities, it focuses on “America’s defining moments, places and personalities”.
Made up of 80,000 “vintage model-released stock, news photos of every description from around the world, extensive coverage of Hollywood from the early days to present, and a large collection of engravings and drawings of events and people from before the introduction of photography”, says Getty, the collection includes images by photographers such as Julia Margaret-Cameron, Lewis Hine and Jacob Riis.
The picture agency says it spent several months “selecting the most historically significant and marketable images that would resonate with American themes for this unique collection”, adding that it will continue to add to it over the coming months and years.
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