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.