Getty Images' archive spans the birth of photography to the present day and is
home to a gamut of collections and master photographers. Included are
calotypes, daguerreotypes, carbon prints and vintage prints from 19th-century
greats, such as Lewis Carroll and Julia Margaret Cameron, to 20th-century
masters of photography like Brassai and Man Ray.
Our full-time archival staff
meticulously catalogs, preserves, conserves and documents our invaluable
photographic and nonphotographic ephemeral collections in a museum-standard
conservation rollout program. The majority of key prints are stored in
custom-made archival boxes, sleeves and mounts in a temperature- and
humidity-controlled environment. We employ traditional methods as well as
modern technology to restore our images. In addition, our more fragile nitrate
negatives are held at the state-of-the-art premises of the John Paul Getty
Conservation Centre in Buckinghamshire.
Tens of thousands of film and
video elements are preserved in our storage facility, including approximately
28,000 cans of nitrate film in professional nitrate film vaults, where they are
carefully monitored for temperature and humidity. When appropriate, video
masters of the original films are created for access.
We participate in the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), the
world's largest nonprofit professional membership association for individuals
and institutions concerned with the preservation of moving images.
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|UNKNOWN LOCATION, 1857 -- A country girl carrying a pitcher finds her way blocked by a loutish admirer.
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