As fans of visual history, World Wonders thrills us, too!
With the announcement today of our partnership with Google World Wonders, and how this exciting project will prove to be a valuable educational resource, we are reminded again of the importance of preserving our visual history.
In that respect, at Getty Images, few places are as magical as our Hulton Archive in London, home to an estimated 60 million images and 30 thousand hours of footage going right back to the birth of photography. But what makes it really thrilling (in an Indiana Jones kind of way) is the fact that it also houses thousands of boxes we have yet to dig through.
“With so much of the Archive unexplored, there’s always boxes to go through,” said Getty Images Vice President, Hulton Archive Matthew Butson. “But that’s the beauty of the place. … It’s like Aladdin’s cave, and you don’t know what you’re going to find next.”
Butson and team field tons of requests for images, from the standard (the moon landing, for example) to the … well… let’s just say impossible. Watch this clever video by Laurie Hill to take a peek inside the Hulton and see what else people are asking us for (besides photographs of Jesus).