Getty Images and Black Archives — a multimedia platform that brings a spotlight to the Black experience — are partnering to provide Black Archives access to Getty’s expansive photo and video bank.

In the spirit of its mission to give voice to rarely told stories about the Black Experience, Black Archives founder Renata Cherlise will curate rarely seen historical imagery of more than 11 million digitized and analog photographs and videos housed in Getty Images archives that document centuries of American history.

“We are excited to partner with Getty Images as we continue to give full dimension to the lived experiences of Black people around the world,” Cherlise said.

Founded in 2015, Black Archives boasts more than 400,000 followers on Instagram, examines the nuances of Black life from rural to city, young to old, and celebratory to challenging times of both well-known figures and everyday people.

Photo by Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris/Carnegie Museum of Art/Getty Images

The Getty Images archive is the largest privately held archive with access to over 130 million images dating back to the beginning of photography.

From historical images created in the early 1800s to more contemporary 1990s imagery, the archive houses a wealth of socially significant, historical photos, footage, and prints.

In addition to this pairing, Getty Images recently announced partnerships with the NAACP and entertainer FKA Twigs to empower Black content creators to tell their story.

It also aims to elevate the work of photographers, videographers, and illustrators who are helping expand the visual narrative of the Black experience.

“For too long, the visual narrative of the Black experience has been lost or distorted, and to move forward, we must shine a light on previously under-told stories,” said Cassandra Illidge, global head of content partnerships at Getty Images.

“Accurate and representative visual storytelling is key to our mission at Getty Images, and we are thrilled to partner with Black Archives to enable new stories to be told with iconic archival content.”

These curated collections will be available to view and license on

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s...

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