30,000 photographs of black history and culture are available in the Getty archives


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July 14, 2022

Grace Ebert

On August 7, 1962, a student at the Jamaican School Of Arts And Crafts modeled a female bust in clay. Photo by Central Press/Getty Images

From a black and white portrait of a reclining James Baldwin to a candid shot of a father and daughter on a Harlem park bench, a new archive from Getty grants free access to thousands of images dedicated to black history and culture. The massive collection – which was developed with historians and educators Dr Deborah Willis, Jina DuVernay, Dr Tukufu Zuberi, Dr Mark Sealy MBE and Renée Mussai – includes 30,000 photographs taken in the US and UK which are freely available non-commercial, educational use. Access requests are open now.

Organized by decade from the 1800s to the 2020s, the Black History and Culture Collection offers a wide and varied look at the undeniably influential people, events and movements that continue to shape life today. The collection is further searchable by type and subject, which encompasses everything from art and entertainment to politics and sports. You can find a curated selection of images from the media platform Black Archives, which has partnered with Getty to highlight specific moments from the collection. (Going through Peta Pixel)

A father and daughter sit on a bench near Harlem Meer, Central Park, New York City, New York, 1948. Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A group of girls in ballet dresses and slippers watch a girl perform dance moves as a woman accompanies her on an upright piano, 1920s or 1930s. Photo by FPG/Getty Images

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates testifies during a hearing on slavery reparations held by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on June 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The subcommittee debated Bill HR 40, which proposes a commission be formed to study and develop proposed remedies for African Americans. Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images

1919 in New York. A parade in silent protest (anti-lynching) in Harlem. Photo by Bettmann/Getty Images

American singer and actress Eartha Kitt (1927 to 2008, right) as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company, circa 1945. With her are fellow dance troupe members Lawaune Ingram, Lucille Ellis and Richardena Jackson . Photo by FPG/Archive Photos/Getty Images

A photograph of author James Baldwin smoking a cigarette. Photo by Bettmann/UPI/Getty Images

A mural of two hands holding a dove symbolizing peace, possibly USA, circa 1960. The mural is signed by various artists and the words ‘Para Todas’ ‘For All’ are visible in Spanish and English . Photo by Frederic Lewis/File Photos/Getty Images

Botanist George Washington Carver donated $33,000 in cash to the Tuskegee Institute to establish a fund to continue the agricultural and chemical work he started. Photo by Bettmann/UPI/Getty Images

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