Getty Images has launched the Black History & Culture Collection, an initiative created to provide free non-commercial access to historical and cultural images of the African/Black Diaspora in the United States and the United Kingdom from the nineteenth century to the present day. The collection aims to grant access to rarely seen images to educators, academics, researchers, and content creators, enabling them to tell untold stories about Black culture.
The Black History & Culture Collection was curated from content owned by Getty Images, in partnership with internationally recognized researchers, historians, and educators, including Deborah Willis of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Jina DuVernay of Clark Atlanta University, Tukufu Zuberi of the University of Pennsylvania, and Mark Sealy and Renée Mussai of Autograph.
“To be involved with the Black History & Culture Collection and work so closely with reframing access to these images made a tremendous impact on me personally and professionally,” said Dr. Willis. “It offered me ways in which to guide my students’ research projects and to show how the Black History & Culture Collection is an active/useful archive that can be used by artists, scholars, families, politicians, and students to recontextualize the past and give new meaning to images that have been largely unknown or underused.”
A video about the new collection may be viewed below.