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Getty Images Acquires The Michael Ochs Archives
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SEATTLE , Feb. 27 /FirstCall/ -- Getty Images, Inc. (NYSE: GYI)today announced the latest addition to its entertainment offering with theacquisition of The Michael Ochs Archives, a renowned collection of music and entertainment imagery spanning the 1940s to the 1990s. Customers will now have easy access to high-quality photographs of musicians captured at live performances, private shoots and special events as well as images of entertainment personalities featured in films, television programs and socialdocumentaries.

Founded in the mid-1970s by Michael Ochs , brother of legendary folk singer Phil Ochs , the collection was compiled from a range of sources, such ascelebrity photographers, artist estates, music labels, publishers, and eventhe garages of retired recording executives. This body of compelling imageryhas been captured by a solid roster of famed talent, including:

-- James Kriegsmann, house photographer for the Cotton Club in the 1940s, who shot some of the first photos of Frank Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel -- Don Paulsen, whose backstage access at the Apollo Theatre in the late 1960s enabled him to shoot an impressive lineup of the great Motown stars -- Earl Leaf, who shot Marilyn Monroe throughout her career and later covered a wide array of musicians, ranging from Elvis Presley to Bruce Springsteen

In addition to an extensive selection of iconic visuals, the archivecontains many rare and unpublished works, delivering a unique perspective on20th century pop culture. "Music enthusiasts, in particular, will be thrilledby the addition of this unique collection, which is arguably the best of itskind in the world," said Matthew Butson, vice president of Getty Images'Hulton Archive, the world's largest collection of photography and illustrativematerials with over 40 million images dating from 1860. "We are delighted tobring on board Michael Ochs and his team, whose knowledge, expertise andpassion for all things musical is unparalleled."

Over the past three decades, imagery from The Michael Ochs Archives hasprovided cultural context to a variety of entertainment and communicationoutlets, such as:

-- Music -- most CD re-issues, including virtually all of those from Rhino and Bear Family -- Television -- "ABC News," "American Idol," "The Sopranos" -- Films - "Dream Girls," "Walk the Line," "Ray" -- Publications -- "He's a Rebel" Phil Spector biography, "Johnny Cash: The Biography," "Louis Armstrong's New Orleans" -- Advertisements -- Hennessy, GAP, Kenneth Cole

Approximately 15,000 digitized works from The Michael Ochs Archives willbe available beginning this April at, with approximately60,000 more to be added on a rolling basis throughout 2007. Furtherstreamlining the licensing process, Getty Images will manage all associatedrights and clearances.

"My goal with the collection has been to share this important piece of popculture on a large scale while protecting its integrity," said Michael Ochs ."Getty Images is uniquely equipped to preserve this imagery and make it easilyaccessible to the world."

Getty Images is currently digitizing high-quality content from The MichaelOchs Archives. Prior to the online launch, content can be accessed bycontacting Getty Images at 1-800-IMAGERY.

About Getty Images

Getty Images is the world's leading creator and distributor of visualcontent and the first place creative professionals turn to discover, purchaseand manage imagery. The company's award-winning photographers and imageryhelp customers create inspiring work which appears every day in the world'smost influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films,television programs, books and Web sites. Headquartered in Seattle , WA andserving customers in more than 100 countries, Getty Images believes in thepower of imagery to drive positive change, educate, inform and entertain.Visit Getty Images at

The Michael Ochs Archives were created in the mid-1970s by music industrymaven Michael Ochs . Known as the country's foremost source for photographs ofnearly every 20th century pop recording artist, the archive expanded in the1980s to include stills of popular film, television and politicalpersonalities. Contained within this vast library are the complete works offamed photographers James Kriegsmann, Ray Whitten , and Earl Leaf , as well as amajority of the material shot for Laufer and Charlton Publications. Over thepast three decades, imagery from The Michael Ochs Archives has been featuredin films, television programs, publications, advertisements and CD re-issues.

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