Getty Images presents Glitch

September 25, 2014 • Company News, Getty Images Gallery

Progressive new exhibition explores the beauty in chaos and questions the future of authenticity in imagery. Opens at Getty Images Gallery, on Thursday 25 September through to 11 October, 2014.

Thursday 25 September, 2014, London: Getty Images is excited to announce the launch of an unprecedented exhibition, Glitch, which celebrates and explores a new visual trend Getty Images’ global creative team has identified through extensive visual research, titled the ‘glitch aesthetic’ – the shift in visual aesthetics brought about by the explosion in smartphone photography. It celebrates serendipity and mistakes, and showcases the inspiration driving professional photographers to craft anomalies in their work.

In 2014 the glitch aesthetic has become part of everyday social currency through photo-sharing – the selfie is the digital age’s art lesson in composition. Glitch is a vision of the unexpected – an idea of serendipity, of the creative and experimental disrupting the smooth, seductive unfolding of digital life.  The glitched image on a screen gives the sense of something material and tangible – an image that is otherwise without physical depth.

Paul Foster, Senior Director for Creative at Getty Images, says: “In our increasingly curated world, there is a pull toward an aesthetic that feels messy and unexpected. To make errors is to be human and that brings an honesty and authenticity to the visual landscape. Our Glitch exhibition explores this trend and looks to the future of the medium. In curating this show we have selected images that are either genuine accidents, the results of crafted imperfection, or where the photographer has deliberately introduced some element to the process that makes the outcome unpredictable. We couldn’t be more excited to share our curation with the public.”

Paul continues: “The smartphone images we take and send each day are often out-of-focus, badly framed, with content that presents everyday life as a series of abstracted forms and communication shortcuts – and if the photo looks a little bit too professional don’t worry, there’s smartphone software designed to re-create the visual effect of glitch. The ‘fail’ is so desirable we now have systems designed to perfect and simulate glitch.”

The exhibition is a curation of 22 images from Getty Images’ Prestige selection – distinguished by a unique aesthetic approach, exceptional craftsmanship and uncompromising quality, featuring unique collaborations between award-winning photographers and Getty Images’ art directors and editors. To view the imagery that will be on display as part of the exhibition, click here.

Glitch runs from 25 September – 11 October 2014 and admission is free. Getty Images Gallery is situated in central London, just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Circus.  Opening hours are from 10.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, 12.00 to 5.30pm Saturday.


Notes to editors:

Getty Images Gallery

46 Eastcastle Street




Nearest underground: Oxford Circus


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, 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.


About Getty Images

Getty Images is the world’s leader in visual communication, with over 170 million assets available through its premium content site and its leading stock content site With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and content creators help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media. Visit Getty Images at to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.  For company news and announcements, visit, and for the stories, innovation and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trends Find us on Facebook at and Twitter at


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