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D&AD Next Photographer Award 2017 Judges Reveal the Keys to an Award-Winning Entry

Are you one of the world’s best rising photographers? With the deadline for the D&AD Next Photographer Award 2017 quickly approaching, we asked a few of this year’s judges to weigh in on what, in their eyes, makes someone stand out as the industry’s next rising star. Andy Saunders, Vice President of Creative at Getty [...]

Photographer Spotlight: A photographer’s journey from shooting explosives to red carpets

Most photographers don’t receive their training by shooting explosives for the Royal Air Force, but Neilson Barnard is not your average photographer. Growing up in Stow Maries, Essex, a tiny village on the east coast of England, Barnard left home at 16 to join the RAF. For the next 13 ½ years, he traveled throughout […]

The historic meeting between two presidential adversaries

After the longest and most divisive election in US history, the world watched with great interest as President Obama and President-elect Trump met in the Oval Office to begin the transition of power. Getty Images’ chief news photographer Win McNamee was there to capture the event. Before stepping inside the Oval Office, McNamee, an award-winning […]

Picture Desk Editors Pick Their Favorite 2016 Images

Getty Images picture desk editors have a nearly immediate front row look at events unfolding throughout the world, with the images captured by our photographers often reaching them in a matter of seconds. The sheer volume of photographs they see on a daily basis is astounding, with the best ones having a staying power that’s […]

How a filmmaker used imagery to tell ‘The Lawrence Phillips Story’

Lawrence Phillips had the potential to be one of football’s greatest players. The running back led his team at the University of Nebraska to two championships, was a front-runner for the Heisman trophy and played in the NFL for several years. But instead of a thriving career, Phillips’ continual violent assaults on women landed him […]

Reframing mental illness: Demi Lovato says we can break the stigma through imagery

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five American adults experience a mental health condition each year. Despite this fact, there is still such a strong stigma associated with mental illness, the result of which contributes to a lack of conversation, awareness and willingness for those suffering to seek help. Part of […]

Year in Focus 2016: A look at the most awe-inspiring, heartbreaking, and shocking moments of the year

In 2016 we saw many things through our photographers’ eyes. There were images that filled our social media feeds and saddened us: rhinos with bloody holes where their horns should be and innocent people wounded or killed in unspeakable acts of terror. There were images that lifted us: that viral shot of Usain Bolt smiling […]

Capturing Triumph (and Friendship) During Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar Moment

The buzz surrounding Leonardo DiCaprio leading up to the 2016 Academy Awards was almost impossible to miss. Then it happened: After six nominations in his 20-plus years on screen, one of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood finally won an Oscar for Best Actor, for his role in “The Revenant.” Getty Images photographer Chris Polk […]

How this iconic photo of David Bowie and Twiggy almost didn’t happen

In 1973, David Bowie was already on his path to stardom, but photographer Justin de Villeneuve had never heard of him until that year, when he was introduced to the artist’s sixth album, “Aladin Sane.” De Villeneuve was staying in the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles at the time with Twiggy, the supermodel whose […]

Look Back: As Brexit Unfolded, Photography Played Leading Role

In October 2015, Getty Images photographer Jeff Mitchell took one of the more poignant photographs of the migrant crisis occurring throughout Europe: a line of hundreds of people, primarily men, crossing a central European border. The image emphasized both the astounding mass of people displaced from their homes and in search of respite as well […]

O’Neill bows to Bowie with rare photos and peek behind the lens

Over a career spanning more than five decades, Terry O’Neill photographed some of the world’s most recognized performers, from Elton John to Frank Sinatra to The Beatles. But for O’Neill, there was no experience quite like photographing David Bowie. “His unique command of his own infinitely flexible image constituted an essential component of his art,” […]

Muhammad Ali: A rare glimpse of the legend before his rise to fame

With the death of Muhammad Ali on June 3, the world lost one of its true greats. A gifted athlete, a passionate activist and a driven businessman, Ali was — above and beneath it all — a man with a giant, fierce heart. Photographer Steve Schapiro first met Muhammad Ali in 1963, after he had [...]

Serena Williams’ Womanhood: Complex, Raising the Game and Ruling 2016

Serena Williams is impossible to ignore. Her journey from Compton tennis courts to the world stage has been met with both fervent fans and detractors. The athlete has been booed by an entire stadium, called a man by competitors and referred to as unsportsmanlike. But despite the naysayers, Williams continues on her steadfast path to […]

The Primo Paparazzo: Ron Galella on capturing the human sides of celebrities

In person, Ron Galella’s nostalgia for the moments he’s captured is palpable—contagious even. His catalogue feels like a walk through a pop culture museum of moments: Muhammad Ali sparing with John Travolta, Andy Warhol eating a hotdog, Madonna driving a car, and Marlon Brando scowling from behind a door. There’s Sylvester Stallone grabbing his newspaper, [...]

The Insane Way One Photographer Captured Beyoncé, Blue Ivy in Heavenly Shot

While most photographers at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards jostled to get a head-on shot of celebrities walking the red carpet, Noam Galai stayed above the madness — literally. 1.6 million likes later, you could say his approach paid off. With permission to shoot the arrivals from the Madison Square Garden roof, Galai was […]

Politics, pictures and power: How one frame can become a catalyst for change

With so much divisiveness, mudslinging and negativity in politics these days, it’s easy to lose sight of what it’s all about: the leaders who inspire, the events that make us stop and think and the people who make a difference. At Getty Images, we believe it’s our responsibility to capture all these significant moments, people […]

To fight climate change, images might be the best weapons

Humans are visual beings—to believe something, we need to see it, and one of the best examples of this is when it comes to environmental issues. Topics such as climate change, contaminated water and deforestation are front and center in the public discourse, but until you see the ramifications of these issues with your own […]

What You Never Would Have Known About European Fascism, Human Trafficking and a Dying River

Paolo Marchetti spent three months among Italian skinheads before gaining enough of their trust to take his first photograph. Souvid Datta spent three years nurturing sources before wrangling eight hours to photograph a secret house where kidnapped girls are held on their way to the brothels of Calcutta. Giulio Di Sturco spent eight years following […]