As fans of visual history, World Wonders thrills us, too!

May 31, 2012 | By Maria Dias | Archive, Community, Company News, Go

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.


Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin is shown beside the foot of the Lunar Module. Apollo 11, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong – Commander, Michael Collins – Command Module pilot and Edwin Aldrin – Lunar Module pilot, was the first manned lunar landing mission. It was launched on 16th July 1969 and Armstrong and Aldrin became the first and second men to walk on the moon on 20th July 1969. Collins remained in lunar orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the surface. The astronauts returned to Earth on 24th July 1969. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)


“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).


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  • WrightTasha

    Wow, this is really impressive. Thanks for including a great video here. I really enjoyed it.