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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 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 […]

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 [...]

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 […]

The story behind this Opening Ceremony image, shot from Rio’s favelas

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony was held at Rio’s legendary Maracana Stadium, built for the 1950 World Cup. One of Rio’s oldest ‘favelas,’ or informal communities, Mangueira stands on a hillside above the stadium. In Rio the striking gaps between rich and poor are often clearly visible, with ‘favela’ communities located alongside wealthier […]

Amid millions of clips, how a clever video editor made something great

“…It’s as if someone said to us, ‘Here’s all the footage in the world. Begin.’” Among the millions of 60-second videos published online each day, there is one that stands out for overcoming a unique editing challenge: How to tell the end-to-end story of a company that offers still and moving images spanning nearly every […]

Remembering Prince: “I almost got my butt kicked by security”

This photo of Prince is one of Larry Busacca’s favorites. But the story of how he got the shot is one of ours: Embed from Getty Images “It was 1991 and I was shooting Prince at Madison Square Garden when I was just starting out in my career,” said Busacca, who is now an award-winning […]

Slain gorilla leads photographer to pursue environmental photojournalism

Brent Stirton shares the story behind one of his most powerful images capturing the deaths of silverback gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Vintage portraits show Golden Age of hip hop

“I don’t pose people other than to put them in a good spot for the light.”   In 1982, Janette Beckman traveled from London to New York to visit friends. She never left. The photographer ended up staying to shoot for magazines back home such as The Face and Melody Maker, and the city’s emerging […]

Backstage at the Oscars: Capturing authentic moments you won’t see on TV

“You only get one shot when the moment is real.”   Embed from Getty Images “Matthew McConaughey walks off stage and its mayhem. He’s surrounded by producers, publicists and other actors who are waiting to present backstage. People are clapping and the cameras are going off—it’s very overwhelming. About a minute after, it’s quiet and […]

The celebrity photos photographers love: Oscars edition

“I prefer this image over a fake smile any day.”   As the anticipation builds toward the Academy Awards, we asked Getty Images photographers to share their favorite shots of this year’s nominees. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jennifer Lawrence, here’s what they had to say:   1. Leonardo DiCaprio at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards […]

The story behind this insane NASCAR photo

“There was certainly an element of danger…” Getty Images photographer Chris Trotman has shot hundreds of NASCAR races, but he never witnessed a scene like this. “Sports photography is all about being in the right place at the right time and being ready with your camera — you never know what incredible moment you’re going […]

The Fashion Week photos photographers love

“I think the photographer has to view the show as if they were in the audience in order to find the right moment.” As the official image partner of IMG Fashion, Getty Images has the ultimate backstage pass to the Fashion Week runways, models and parties. Our photographers cover shows all around the globe, creating a […]

Uncovering the wonders of nature with Mike Gunton and David Trood

“The more people that have a connection with the earth and respect it and love it, the more people won’t want to hurt it, won’t want to destroy it and will want to protect it.” –Adventure photographer and videographer David Trood Creative Director of the BBC’s Natural History Unit Mike Gunton and Australian adventure photographer and […]

As real as it gets: Janette Beckman’s hip-hop portraits are a (deli) window to another time

We talk to photographer Janette Beckman about her seminal work in the early days of hip-hop capturing artists such as Salt-N-Pepa, Run DMC and Grandmaster Flash.

In Africa, photographing the fusion of modernity and tradition

“I understand the privilege of bringing a camera into a place that has endured a 30-year civil war” Two years ago, Getty Images Prestige photographer Harry Hook slipped into South Sudan during a window of peace for the war torn African nation. Hook, who is well known for his 1990 dystopian film Lord of the […]

Behind the Fashion Week wall: 5 photographers, 5 glamorous stories

The story behind some of the alternative images on display at New York Fashion Week from the photographers.