Jewels of the Archive – exclusive exhibition from the world’s largest commercial photography archive
Jewels of the Archive exhibition opens at Getty Images Gallery, London on Friday 13th June 2014
Following on from last year’s Best of Archive, Getty Images Gallery has once again mined the exceptional Getty Images Hulton Archive to bring you a selection of treasured images, each telling its own story and forming a wider narrative on the history of photography.
With access to arguably the most comprehensive photojournalism archive in the world, the gallery opens the door into this ultimate ‘Aladdin’s Cave’, with prints produced by one of the country’s finest darkrooms.
The Hulton Archive encompasses a huge variety of collections; seminal agencies that shaped the landscape of press photography, alongside smaller, but equally as precious, archives by pioneering photographers. With this in mind, Jewels of the Archive focuses on the collections which have given us some of the greatest images across the gallery’s seventeen year history, such as the Topical Press Agency, Picture Post and the Daily Express archives. With many of these images originally seen on the printed page, the gallery walls bring a new context to this varied assortment of news, sport and entertainment photography.
The sheer scale of the archive has produced a necessarily diverse exhibition, with celebrity portraiture, fashion shoots and unique curiosities bookending historical events. Jewels of the Archive also features work from masters such as Bill Brandt, Bert Hardy and Terry Fincher, amongst pieces from the Hulton Archive’s prized vintage room, including items from the earliest photographic practices. With some of the most celebrated images on display, we hope you also enjoy the unturned stones amongst the jewels.
Louise Garczewska, Director, Getty Images Gallery, says, “We are delighted to be sharing Jewels of the Archive with our audience, highlighting the variety and calibre of images we are privileged to offer. Our aim above all, is to make this unique resource available to all – almost every image in the exhibition is available to buy, hand-printed in our renowned darkrooms. The only exceptions are the remarkable vintage items we have sourced especially for the exhibition, such as an original daguerreotype, taking us back to the dawn of photography, and a vintage print of Alfred Eisenstaedt’s iconic Times Square Kiss.
Louise continues, “Each jewel of the archive has that captivating quality we look for in an image; we hope you enjoy this fantastic collection and the stories told within.”
To view the imagery that will be on display as part of the exhibition, click here.
Jewels of the Archive runs from 13th June – 6th September 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.
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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 Hulton Archive
At the turn of the 21st Century Getty Images merged London based Hulton Picture Collection with Archive Film and Photos, New York creating Hulton Archive, an awesome visual resource of over 60 million images contained within 1500 individual collections. Complimented by over 30,000 hours of archival footage and up-to-the-minute coverage from our News, Sport and Footage divisions Getty Images now offers unprecedented access to the finest collections of editorial image content in the world.