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The life of Thurston Hopkins

Getty Images Vice President for the Hulton Archive, Matthew Butson, reflects on the life of famed British photojournalist, Thurston Hopkins.

The March of Time newsreels that made broadcast history

Witness the birth of documentary filmmaking, with the March of Time newsreel. Premiering in American movie theatres in 1935, The March of Time short-subject film series addressed controversial issues never before touched upon in American cinema. Always provocative, often amusing and sometimes outrageous, the series covered news and cultural subjects ranging from religious cults and […]

Cathy Murphy | “How photographing Cesar Chavez changed my life.”

Photographer Cathy Murphy tells of a chance encounter with Cesar Chavez that led her to documenting history.

Bob Gomel’s iconic image of JFK’s funeral

With help from a secret service agent, Bob Gomel managed to suspend his Nikon camera 180 feet high over the Capitol Rotunda at the funeral of President Eisenhower. He tells the story of this historic image…

Story behind the photo | Bert Hardy

A story that illustrates why Bert Hardy’s ability to think on his feet inspired a generation of reportage photographers. Matthew Butson tells the story.

Story behind the photo | Terry Fincher

Matthew Butson went above and beyond to help Terry Fincher recover his favourite shot that had been missing for 40 years.

Story behind the photo | Ron Case

As Matthew Butson explains, the secret of capturing a shot like the ‘Three Queens’ is simply being in the right place at the right time.

World War One Remembered

Photographer Peter Macdiarmid travelled to Belgium, France and around the UK to create these stunning image comparisons with pictures taken during World War One.

Year in Focus | The forgotten photos uncovered after 120 years

As we release our Year in Focus e-book highlighting the best photography from 2014, we look back at some of the big stories of the year. The story of these uncovered photos was big news for our archive in 2014. A collection of glass negatives documenting black cultural history in Britain in the late 19th century has been uncovered by […]

The History Channel’s “The World Wars”

How the History Channel used archival footage and stills to condense 30 years of world history into a gripping 6-hour drama documentary miniseries.

Top 7 fashion moments in film

Here are some of the films that have had the biggest influence on fashion.

14 of the biggest Oscars stars from the past

Today we watch the red carpet for the Brads and Angelinas of Hollywood, but who were the A-Listers of the past? We go back in time to the vaults of our archives and dig out the big names of time gone by. 1. Edith Head was one of the most successful costume designers of all time […]

Story behind the photo | Reggie and the spitfires

A picture which appears to have been taken at possibly the start of an important bombing raid over Europe. However, it was an attempt to aid the propaganda war!