Exhibitions / Heroes – The Exhibition

Past Exhibition

Heroes – The Exhibition

28 November, 2019 - 29 February, 2020

Heroes – The Exhibition explores The SSE Arena, Wembley’s history as the world-renowned home of music and live entertainment. 

Sourced from the world-renowned Getty Images’ archival and contemporary libraries, Heroes – The Exhibition features over 100 photographs of artists at London’s iconic music and live entertainment venue. From The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the 1960s, to present day chart-toppers Jay Z, Foo Fighters and The Prodigy.

Key photography features performances by the genre-defining David Bowie; the first headline rock show performed by T-Rex; the band holding the record for the most rock performances, Status Quo; Alice Cooper, who has so far performed in every decade since the 1960s; the female performer with the most performances, Whitney Houston; American pop superstar Prince, who played 35 concerts at the venue; iconic performances by Queen; and more recent performances by chart topping acts such as Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Rhianna. Alongside photography of era-defining concerts, the exhibition showcases behind-the-scenes imagery from sound checks to crowd interaction, photocalls and artists leaving their handprints in the Wembley Park’s famous ‘Square of Fame’.

The exhibition features the work of renowned music photographer Michael Putland, who photographed five decades of music, and both former and current Getty photographers Dave Hogan and Brian Rasic.

Exhibitions / The Ages of Wembley

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The Ages of Wembley

28 June - 24 November, 2019

Please join us from 28 June as we launch a new gallery on Wembley Park’s Olympic Way with the premiere instalment of a year-long exhibition programme presented by Getty Images Gallery.

The opening exhibition, aptly titled The Ages of Wembley, explores the emergence of Wembley Park as a world-famous leisure and entertainment destination from the 1920s onwards and highlights parallels between historic uses of the area and recent developments. These images – many of which have never been seen before – celebrate the rich history of the stadium and local area.


Getty Images Gallery, Olympic Way, Wembley Park, HA9 0FJ

Opening hours: 10am to 7pm Monday through Sunday

Admission to Getty Images Gallery at Wembley Park is always free of charge

All images are for sale and any enquiries can be sent to gallery.enquiries@gettyimages.com

Exhibitions / Royal Ascot

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Royal Ascot

Diamond Jubilee Exhibition – Royal Ascot during the reign of Her Majesty The Queen

The Ascot Authority is staging this exhibition to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and to thank Her Majesty The Queen for her patronage and for her support of Ascot Racecourse and Royal Ascot during her reign.

 The display, which uses photographs from Getty Images Gallery, shows many memorable moments, including the Royal Procession, The Queen’s first Royal Ascot winner and the royal party riding on the racecourse.

 The changing face of the Royal Meeting and of the racecourse over six decades is also illustrated. Fashion icons, the altering preference for grey and black top hats, great jockeys of the time and the opening of the magnificent new stand in 2006 are just a few of the sixty subjects.

Exhibitions / Slim’s Riviera

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Slim’s Riviera

15 March - 10 May, 2014

Beautiful sunny Sunday luncheon party for eighty-eight friends at Villa Dubeau on Cap d’Antibes. It is a heavenly villa – right on the sea – it is exactly what you imagine you should find on the Riviera, and then a little better.  Guests started arriving by boat and car.  How chic some of the women look in their Emilo Pucci silk shirts.”

 So runs a caption note by Slim Aarons for a story he shot on the French Riviera in the summer of 1957, just one of many assignments the legendary photographer would shoot along the Cote d’Azur.

Saint Tropez, Monaco, Cap Ferrat or Portofino… the very names evoke a world of private villas, sleek yachts and an enviable climate.  This is the summer playground of the wealthy – aristocrats, royalty and movie stars alike – the newly-christened ‘jet set’ who treated Slim as one of their own, and allowed him unprecedented access.

Slim’s Riviera” transports the viewer to this world of luxury where watches are forgotten and days are spent lazing by the pool or on yachts moored in sheltered coves.  The more energetic take their longboards into the surf at Biarritz or waterski around the bay at Cannes.

Evenings see the harbours of St. Tropez and Monaco come alive with fashionable people strolling to the portside restaurants or joining friends on a boat for informal drinks.  Up in the hills, private parties are taking place in stunning villas, to a backdrop of cicadas and the unmistakeable perfume of jasmine.

Nothing is rushed – this is a world of privilege, luxury and elegance.

Exhibitions / The Spirit of Jazz

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The Spirit of Jazz

9 October - 7 November, 2009

Spanning over 80 glorious years, ‘The Spirit of Jazz’ captures the high energy of some of the most legendary performances in jazz history, from the sharp suits and instruments, right down to the last bead of sweat.  The show.includes a selection of rare and previously unseen images featuring some of the finest, most infamous jazz men and women performing at the peaks of their heady careers.

Jamie Cullum, who curated the exhibition and provided the quotations in the captions says: “I’ve been interested in all types of music from a young age, but it was jazz that really captured me and inspired me to perform and develop my own style. I was thrilled to be asked to curate this amazing exhibition, the images in it are jaw-dropping and for me really represent why I love jazz. The spirit, energy and sheer talent of some of my all-time heroes are captured across the show and their passion for the music is evident in each shot.”

About the prints

The images for this show were chosen from the archives of Getty Images and include the work of some of the era’s best loved photographers including Slim Aarons, David Redfern, Jurgen Schadeberg and Charles Hewitt.   Many of the images have never been exhibited before.

Exhibitions / Bijoux: Jewels from the Archive

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Bijoux: Jewels from the Archive

The Hulton Archive was created by Sir Edward Hulton in 1945, purchased by the BBC in 1957, and acquired by Getty Images in 1996. The Hulton, as it is affectionately known, rests on a foundation formed by the collective print and neg collections of three storied publications: Picture Post, Daily Express and Evening Standard. The Hulton forms the backbone of Getty Image’s archival holdings, which currently includes more than 1,500 collections and more than 80 million original photographs dating back to the mid-19th century.

The Getty Images Gallery works with the archive’s in-house darkroom staff to offer a wide selection of hand printed, limited edition silver gelatin and c-type prints. The 40-plus photographs offered here were chosen by our Gallery curator to shine a light on the archive’s holding of socially significant and evocative images by photographers such as Thurston Hopkins, Terry Fincher, Slim Aarons, Kurt Hutton, Bert Hardy, and many others.

Exhibitions / Marilyn

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8 March - 3 June, 2012

 Few names evoke the glamour of Hollywood as powerfully as Marilyn Monroe.  Synonymous with beauty, sex appeal and a child-like innocence, she became one of the most famous and charismatic women of the 20th century.  To commemorate 50 years since her untimely death “Marilyn” promises to capture the very essence of the legend.

Exhibitions / Christopher Simon Sykes

Exhibitions / World War I: Home Front

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World War I: Home Front

Widely acknowledged as the beginning of the modern era, World War I brought cataclysmic political, economic and social upheaval. In Britain, then the world’s sole superpower, the declaration of war instigated both a market panic and ensuing financial crisis. Men rushed to volunteer at Army recruitment centers and meet impending death in the trenches while record numbers of women entered factories and the broader workforce in support of the war effort.

Wartime rationing and restrictions became a regular feature of English domestic life as did public assemblies, military parades, and protests. News of the war was delivered to the masses by the legendary Fleet Street tabloids and publishers supported by specialized photographic agencies. One of these agencies, Topical Press, documented the war effort both at home and abroad.

WWI: Home Front presents uniquely English scenes captured on the streets, in the countryside and inside wartime factories between 1914 and 1919. By focusing on the daily lives of civilians during wartime, the exhibition presents a unique perspective on the war and it’s enduring social and cultural impact.

These limited edition fibre prints are produced in the Getty Images darkroom from the original Topical Press glass plate negatives. 

Exhibitions / Thurston Hopkins

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Thurston Hopkins

11 April - 18 June, 2011

Historic images capturing the lives and times of people and events from across the world will be displayed in a new exhibition at the Getty Images Gallery to celebrate the long career of one of Britain’s most renowned photojournalists, Thurston Hopkins.

The images featured in the exhibition have been selected by Thurston Hopkins and Getty Images Gallery to represent and showcase the breadth of subject matter required of photographers at the time. The exhibition also features some of Thurston’s personal negatives, alongside iconic images of Joan Crawford, Alfred Hitchcock and Ingrid Bergman.

Exhibitions / Indian Treasures

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Indian Treasures

1 August - 7 October, 2017

In recognition of 70 years of Indian independence, Getty Images Gallery presents a selection of the earliest photographic views of the subcontinent. The landscapes and portraits were photographed predominantly by Europeans keenly aware of the increasingly exotic tastes of their Western audience. As such, the style and composition of the works reflect a somewhat romantic aesthetic familiar to the Victorian era tourists and temporary residents seeking a distinctive memento of their time in this captivating country.

Much of the material for Indian Treasures was sourced from the Getty Archive’s fabled Vintage Room. Highlights include four large period albums, recently restored, revealing proud Maharajahs bedecked in pearls and precious stones as well as dozens of vintage large-format glass plate negatives and albumen prints. The exhibition also features color prints made using the rarely seen photocrom process. Producing the exhibition was a truly collaborative effort between the Archive’s editors, conservator, darkroom and the Gallery.

Advances in photographic equipment and chemistry throughout the later 19th century led to an explosion of amateur photographic societies in urban centers around the globe, including Bombay, now Mumbai. Simultaneously, professional photographers such as Samuel Bourne took advantage of the new, less cumbersome cameras and more stable chemistry to photograph increasingly distant locations. Closer to home, professional studios produced high quality portraits for sitters of all classes. The Maharajahs featured in Indian Treasures are believed to have been photographed during a London visit, probably for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

Each of the original prints on display has been faithfully copied and reproduced using the latest darkroom and printing techniques. The museum quality reproductions, which are available for purchase in a range of sizes, allow the public to fully explore and enjoy these sublime photographs, free of their bound volumes and away from their traditional archival home.

Exhibitions / Red, Blue, White: Global Colours

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Red, Blue, White: Global Colours

21 March - 26 May, 2018

Red, Blue, White features the work of 37 photographers from 24 countries, most of whom were born under flags invoked by our theme. One wonders, even in the most apolitical context, how these colours’ symbolic connotations insinuated themselves into the photographers’ work. And one wonders to what extent viewers in these countries – from the UK to Cuba to Liberia to Laos – view these images through a lens similarly coloured. This exhibition is the premier installment of Getty Image Gallery’s Reportage Collection, an archive of contemporary documentary photography from Getty Images staff and contributors. The images are topically, geographically and stylistically diverse, but all exemplify the in-depth storytelling for which Reportage is known.

Red, Blue, White: Global Colours was curated by Shawn Waldron and Jay Davies. Signed and numbered limited-edition prints are available exclusively through the Getty Images Gallery.