Getty Images has added 75,000 archival images from Meredith Corporation‘s LIFE Picture Collection, an iconic visual chronicle of the 20th Century, to its digital offerings as part of a renewed partnership. This initial wave of rarely seen imagery is part of a broader commitment on the part of Meredith and Getty Images to add at least 75,000 images annually to the collection for the next five years.
“We’re thrilled to make more of this incredible historic content available to our customers,” said Bob Ahern, Director of Archive Photography, Getty Images. “This imagery—with more to come in the next several years—combined with our extensive archival content, ensures that we can give them unprecedented access to historical imagery and ultimately help them better tell their stories.”
Getty Images and the LIFE Picture Collection have been partners since 2003. During this time, nearly one million photos have been added to Getty Images. Among the 75,000 images are rarely seen photos of President Franklin D. Roosevelt standing and civil rights protests at the 1964 World’s Fair.
“Since Meredith acquired the LIFE Picture Collection in 2018, we continue to make more of the collection accessible,” said Jill Golden, Director, LIFE Picture Collection. “We’re in the process of reviewing 100,000 individual stories commissioned by LIFE Magazine during its existence and we’re creating a comprehensive snapshot of this vast collection.”
The LIFE Picture Collection is the visual chronicle of the 20th century and the most prestigious private photographic archive in the U.S. From 1936 to 2000, LIFE commissioned more than 10 million photographs across 120,000 stories.