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Getty Images Opens Access to 30,000 Historic Photos of the Black Diaspora

Updated: Jul 22


Photo Credit: London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images

Getty Images is making 30,000 rare photographs of the black diaspora in the UK and the US available for free to be used for not-for-profit or educational purposes. These pictures date back to the 19th century and are a part of their Black History & Culture Collection.


The collection is divided into 20 categories, including women's empowerment, education, hair, politics, LGBTQ+ and more. It was coordinated by Kwame Asiedu, the collection’s project manager, who worked on the project from Ghana for over a year. Getty also collaborated with groups and academic institutions that teach Black history, including Black History Walks, Ohio State University, and Black Archives, to compile the photos.


“Getty Images is committed to making this historical content accessible to ensure a more authentic representation of world history and drive more meaningful dialogue,” says Cassandra Illidge, Vice President of Partnerships at Getty Images.


The Black History and Culture Collection is a component of a larger initiative Getty Images has undertaken to combat prejudice, promote inclusiveness, and end discrimination.


Read more about this on The Guardian website.

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