Editor looks back at Festival de Cannes: Rainy? Yes, but no less magical
In May 2012 the Getty Images team jet set to the South of France for the 65th annual Festival de Cannes. From our temporary office in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, we edited and distributed thousands of images from a wide range of events: from photo calls and red carpet premieres, to exclusive private parties and the prestigious amfAR Gala.
A lot has changed in the industry since photographers covered the first Cannes festival in 1946. Back then, everything was shot on film and had to be developed and processed before the rest of the world could glimpse the glamour and glitz of the red carpet. Today, we can syndicate worldwide in an instant, providing our customers with high quality images within moments of capture. Working on-site at the highest profile events, our editing team quickly scans through thousands of images to select the most defining shots. After making the necessary adjustments to size, crop and color, we quickly upload to the Getty Images Entertainment site so that images hit our feeds and are instantly accessible to media, worldwide.
This year, by the second day, the weather had forced our team into rain boots and umbrellas, but (fortunately) it was no bother to the A-list stars who still donned daring and distinctive red carpet styles.
Toward the end of the festival the sun came out and we rushed to the beaches of the fabulous French Rivera to claim our sweet pay-off for a festival well done!
Editor’s note: Katie Stratton, one of the 12 photo editors working onsite at Cannes, is a field editor based in Los Angeles. Katie was lucky enough to work onsite at many of the glamorous parties at the festival, including heading up the editing team at amfAR. In total, the editors ingested 215,245 photos and sent out 36,761 photos during the 12 day festival.