Getty Images Brings Two Renowned Photo Archives Together

Hulton Archive and Time Life Pictures Form One of the World's Most ExtensiveOnline Collections
Getty Images has announced that two iconic collections of historic imagery, Hulton Archive and Time Life Pictures, will be united at, to offer one of the world's most extensive online collections of archival imagery. The collections offer a wealth of original photographic material spanning the birth of photography to the present day, along with engravings, maps, cartoons, etchings, lithographs and illustrations dating back to the beginning of printed material.

"Getty Images recognizes the power of pictures in defining history, and we are passionate about preserving our archival imagery and making it accessible to the world," said Matthew Butson, vice president of Getty Images' archival collection. "With both of these treasured collections located in one place at, we've made it even easier for customers to view what we consider to be invaluable pieces of imagery, documenting the political and cultural events that have shaped our lives."

Unrivalled in its depth and breadth, Getty Images' archival collection contains more than 60 million images and over 30,000 hours of historic archival footage. Represented at are legendary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Margaret Bourke-White, Slim Aarons, Arnold Newman, Ernst Haas, Weegee, Julia Margaret Cameron and Alfred Eisenstaedt.

In addition to housing and distributing an unparalleled collection of iconic images, Getty Images is committed to the rigorous process of restoring and preserving archival images in order to protect the world's visual history. Getty Images employs a team of restoration and preservation experts, including both a full-time curator and conservator, and prides itself on using both modern and traditional techniques to preserve and conserve the world's photographic heritage.

"We've entrusted representation of our rich picture collection to Getty Images because of their significant industry expertise and passion for archival imagery," said Jeff Burak, director of Time Life Pictures. "And as part of Getty Images' archival collection, we know that Time Life Pictures are being presented in the most accessible platform to the broadest possible audience across the globe."

Some of the most notable photographs in Getty Images' archival collections are: Lewis Hine's poignant image of the child spinner, instrumental in the reform of child labor law; the celebrated Alfred Eisenstaedt image of a sailor and nurse kissing in Times Square on VJ Day at the end of WWII; and John Filo's Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of Kent State University's Vietnam protests, which ended in the shocking death of four students.