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27.02.2007

Getty Images Acquires The Michael Ochs Archives, Offering Customers Easy Access to Extraordinary Imagery of 20th Century Music and Entertainment Legends

SEATTLE, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Getty Images, Inc. (NYSE: GYI) today announced the latest addition to its entertainment offering with the acquisition 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 social documentaries.

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 as celebrity photographers, artist estates, music labels, publishers, and even the garages of retired recording executives. This body of compelling imagery has 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In addition to an extensive selection of iconic visuals, the archive contains many rare and unpublished works, delivering a unique perspective on 20th century pop culture. "Music enthusiasts, in particular, will be thrilled by the addition of this unique collection, which is arguably the best of its kind in the world," said Matthew Butson, vice president of Getty Images' Hulton Archive, the world's largest collection of photography and illustrative materials with over 40 million images dating from 1860. "We are delighted to bring on board Michael Ochs and his team, whose knowledge, expertise and passion for all things musical is unparalleled."

Over the past three decades, imagery from The Michael Ochs Archives has provided cultural context to a variety of entertainment and communication outlets, 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 will be available beginning this April at http://www.gettyimages.com/, with approximately 60,000 more to be added on a rolling basis throughout 2007. Further streamlining the licensing process, Getty Images will manage all associated rights and clearances.

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

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

About Getty Images

Getty Images is the world's leading creator and distributor of visual content and the first place creative professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage imagery. The company's award-winning photographers and imagery help customers create inspiring work which appears every day in the world's most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and Web sites. Headquartered in Seattle, WA and serving customers in more than 100 countries, Getty Images believes in the power of imagery to drive positive change, educate, inform and entertain. Visit Getty Images at http://www.gettyimages.com/.

About The Michael Ochs Archives

The Michael Ochs Archives were created in the mid-1970s by music industry maven Michael Ochs. Known as the country's foremost source for photographs of nearly every 20th century pop recording artist, the archive expanded in the 1980s to include stills of popular film, television and political personalities. Contained within this vast library are the complete works of famed photographers James Kriegsmann, Ray Whitten, and Earl Leaf, as well as a majority of the material shot for Laufer and Charlton Publications. Over the past three decades, imagery from The Michael Ochs Archives has been featured in films, television programs, publications, advertisements and CD re-issues.

  For more information, press only:

  Elise Chisholm, Edelman, 206-268-2270, elise.chisholm@edelman.com
  Molly Lohman, Getty Images, 206-925-6054, molly.lohman@gettyimages.com

SOURCE: Getty Images, Inc.

CONTACT: Elise Chisholm of Edelman, +1-206-268-2270, or
elise.chisholm@edelman.com, for Getty Images; or Molly Lohman of Getty Images,
+1-206-925-6054, or molly.lohman@gettyimages.com

Web site: http://www.gettyimages.com/


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