“Getty Images opens access to 30,000 black diaspora images in the UK and US”


Of The Guardian:

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

Black Story & Culture Collection includes over 20 categories of images, including politics, hair, education, female empowerment, and LGBTQ+.


Getty Images, which has one of the largest photo collections in the world, announced on Tuesday that it would make these photos free to use for non-profit or educational purposes. The collection will provide access to images for educators, researchers and content creators, allowing them to tell untold stories of Black history and culture that go beyond tales of slavery and colonization.

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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 generate revenue and/or be included in revenue-generating advertising or marketing.

The Black History & Culture collection has been carefully curated from content owned by Getty Images, in partnership with world-renowned scholars, historians and educators, including Dr. Deborah Willis from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Jina Du Vernay from Clark University in Atlanta, Dr. Tukufu Zuberi from the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr Mark Sealy MBE and Renée Mussai autograph.


The Black History and Culture collection is part of a larger program of activities that Getty Images has put in place to fight against racism, inclusion and the dismantling of discrimination. In 2021, the company created the Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), supporting the digitization of historically black college and university archival photos.

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

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