Monday, April 29, 2013


Press Release

“Best of Archive” opens at the Getty Images Gallery
1st May – 1st June 2013

Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France, 1958. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

LONDON, UK - Getty Images Gallery is delighted to announce the launch of its latest exhibition celebrating a selection of unique and iconic imagery from the Getty Images Archive, the world’s largest commercial photography archive with a collection of over 90 million images.

The exhibition, Best of Archive, offers a glimpse into a historical and extremely valuable treasure trove of imagery, including vintage prints dating from the late 19th century. With over 90 million images, of which just 0.1 per cent are digitized, Best of Archive brings this magnificent collection alive and in front of Londoners.

In addition to a number of the most iconic and popular images from the archive, the exhibition will also feature lesser seen work by Getty Images’ most cherished archive photographers, including Bert Hardy, Eugene Robert Richee, with estate-stamped and signed prints from Ernst Haas and Slim Aarons. The exceptional photographic content ranges from reportage and social documentary, fashion and portraiture, cultural commentary to architectural studies.

A woman walking past a line of advertising posters in Hiroshima, July 1955. Original
Publication: Picture Post - 7849 - Hiroshima - pub. 1955 (Photo by John Chillingworth/
Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Each of the images illustrates an engagement with the world – a face from a troubled time looking you in the eye, or a moment of joy caught forever dancing. Many were designed to be part of a series, but away from this context they are able to stand alone as a visually arresting image in their own right. 

The exhibition will also showcase rarely seen original contact sheets. These illustrate the working methods of the photographer or editor, revealing the detailed processes of photography that have been lost to the digital age.

Louise Garczewska, Director, Getty Images Gallery, says: “To truly bring to light the Best of Archive, we would have needed to take over the entire length of Eastcastle Street, so instead we have filled our corner with a small showcase of the world’s finest photography. We are delighted that this collection will give our visitors a flavor of the quality and scale of the archive.”

1932: American actress Tallulah Bankhead (1902 - 1968), who made her name as a stage
actress and won a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for her performance in The Little
Foxes in 1939. (Photo by Irving Lippman/John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

About Getty Images Gallery

Getty Images Gallery is London’s largest independent photographic gallery and was founded in 1996. Located on Eastcastle Street, just a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus, the Getty Images Gallery showcases stunning exhibitions on a regular basis. The majority of the imagery on display in the Gallery is taken from Getty Images’ archival and contemporary libraries and is available to buy as fine art prints in a variety of sizes and framing options.

Best of Archive runs from Wednesday 1st May to Saturday 1 June and admission is free. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am-5.30pm and Saturday 12pm-5.30pm.

Source: Getty Images

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Map courtesy of Getty Images Gallery

46 Eastcastle Street
London. W1W 8DX
Nearest underground: Oxford Circus

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