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Freely Available Images Online


Open Content Program
The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required. For more information about discovering unrestricted, high-resolution digital images available for download from the Getty Research Institute's collections, please review the Getty's Open Content Program. Browse all available open content images on Getty Search Gateway.

Digital Collections and Primo Search
The Getty Research Institute also makes freely available, images of selected materials from the Digital Collections page and in the discovery system, Primo Search.

Public domain images can be downloaded at a file size that is suitable for most purposes. These images have not been approved by the Getty for unrestricted use for various reasons, such as privacy and publicity concerns or contractual requirements. It is the user's responsibility to ensure that there are no restrictions on these images based on third-party rights. The Getty assumes no liability for the use of these images if a third party makes an infringement claim.

Images not in the public domain may be downloaded for personal study, noncommercial use, or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright law.

If a different file size and/or permission to publish for non-public domain images is needed, please submit a Library Reproductions and Permissions request form, below. Collection Image Fees will apply.

Request Forms for Images Not Available Online and/or Permission to Publish


Requests are processed in the order received. All requests for digital images and permission to publish are subject to approval. Copyright restrictions may apply.

It may take up to eight weeks to fulfill requests when photography is required to produce digital images. We are unable to accommodate rush requests.

Please review the Collection Image Fees before submitting a request form.

    Steps to complete a request form:
  1. Below click on the request form applicable to your use.
  2. Read the Terms of Use.
    In addition to the Terms of Use the requester further agrees:
    a. To promptly pay all Collection Image Fees.
    b. To supply a complimentary copy of the publication to the Getty Research Institute.
  3. Check the box at the bottom of the selected Terms of Use page to indicate that you have Read and Agree to the Terms of Use. Click “Submit” to display the request form.
  4. Complete and submit the request form.


If you are unable to submit the online request form, mail or fax your completed request form to:

The Getty Research Institute
Research Library
Library Services
1200 Getty Center Drive,
Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Phone: 310-440-7390
Fax: 310-440-7780

Images for Exhibition Use


All high-resolution images available through the Open Content Program are freely available for exhibition use.

For other images, please submit the request form(s) above applicable to your use.

Exhibition display use: Includes the display of reproductions as substitutes for original works, gallery wall graphics, didactic panels and/or electronic uses, such as interactive gallery displays, exhibition videos and slide shows. We require six months to fulfill requests for images for exhibition display. Please allow sufficient time for us to fulfill your request.

Exhibition catalogs, ephemera, publicity, websites and/or other uses: We require eight weeks to fulfill requests for images for these uses. Carefully consider your editorial deadlines and allow ample time for us to fulfill your request.

Collection Image Fees will apply to all orders.

Requests for images for all exhibition-related uses, including display and publication, may not exceed a total of 30 images and are subject to approval. Additional fees may be charged.

After we receive your form(s), we will ask you to provide detailed information about the exhibition and intended use of the images.

To borrow original collection materials for exhibition use, please review our Conditions for Borrowing Collection Materials.

Copyright Information


Who holds the copyright?
In many cases, the Getty Research Institute does not hold the copyright to materials in its collections and so cannot grant or deny permission to publish them, nor can the Research Institute assume responsibility for determining their copyright status. If the work is not in the public domain, it is the responsibility of the researcher to secure permission from the appropriate copyright holder to publish or quote from items in the library's collection.

Identifying copyright holder(s) and obtaining permission to publish or quote from items in the Getty Research Institute's collections are the responsibility of the requester. For information about researching the copyright status of an item, consult the Copyright Research Guide.

Your use of images from the Getty Research Institute should be contingent upon your locating and securing permission beforehand from the individual or entity that may claim those rights.