How many images are in the Julius Shulman Photography Archive?

There are 260,000 physical items (comprised of vintage and modern prints, negatives, and transparencies). Out of the 260,000 physical items there are 70,000 unique images (pictures). Out of the 70,000 unique images, more than 48,000 have been digitized and high-resolution digital files are freely available to download and publish from our online discovery system, Primo Search.

I am interested in researching Shulman photographs and projects. Where could I begin?

You can start by:

  1. Searching Primo Search, our online discovery, which contains over 48,000 Shulman images.
  2. Viewing the archive's finding aid for descriptions of the entire archive. The finding aid is keyword searchable.
  3. Consulting published secondary sources.

How do I find, download, and publish digital images of Shulman photographs?

Over 48,000 high-resolution images of Shulman photographs are available in Primo Search, our online discovery system.

You can download these files and publish them free of charge, in print and/or electronic formats without the Getty's permission.

To view and/or download images in Primo Search:

  1. Click here:
  2. Search using the keywords: Shulman and architect and/or building name(s) (i.e., Shulman Case Study House No. 22)
  3. From the results list, click on desired blue title link
  4. Click "View Online"
  5. Click on the image numbers on left side of screen to view images
  6. To download an image, click the downward-pointing arrow icon near top right corner of screen

Who owns the copyright to the Shulman photographs?

The J. Paul Getty Trust owns the copyright to the Shulman photographs.

While the Getty owns Shulman's copyright in his images, third parties may claim privacy or publicity rights in these images, or rights to artworks depicted that are not in the public domain. The Getty assumes no liability for your use of these images. By downloading these images from Primo Search you agree that it is your responsibility to identify any potential claimants and obtain any necessary permissions for your use. You also agree to indemnify, defend, and hold the Getty harmless from all costs, charges, fees, or expenses, losses, damages, liabilities, or judgments arising from or relating to any claim, cause, or allegation asserted by a third party against the Getty based entirely or in part on your use of these images.

How do I credit Shulman photographs in my publication?

Please include this copyright notice and credit line in your publication(s):

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

I'm unable to find the Shulman images I need in Primo Search. What should I do?

If you are unable to locate an image in Primo Search or the file format in Primo Search is not suitable for your use, please submit an online request form via the GRI Reproductions and Permissions web page. Collection Images Fees may apply.

After you complete and submit the form, a staff member will contact you to begin processing your request.

Due to the large number of requests we receive, we cannot accommodate rush orders.

Can I order reproductions of photographs to frame and hang on my wall?

We regret that we are unable to provide posters or other large reproductions. Limited series or signed reproductions are not available.

Fine art prints are still available at galleries throughout the United States. If you wish to see a list, you may search (click on "Artists" and search for "Shulman").

You may also download high-resolution Shulman images from Primo Search.

I believe that Shulman photographed my house, building, or school. How can I locate information or photographs?

  1. Search Primo Search, our online discovery system, which contains over 48,000 Shulman images.
  2. View the archive's finding aid for descriptions of the entire archive. The finding aid is keyword searchable.
  3. Consult published secondary sources.

I believe that I own some Shulman photographs. Can you help me authenticate and appraise them?

Getty staff cannot offer authentication or evaluation services. Original Shulman prints from the Getty Research Institute collection may be examined by qualified researchers in the Special Collections Reading Room by appointment. Please DO NOT bring any Julius Shulman photographs from personal collections to the Research Library.

Information regarding authentication and appraisal is available in our Appraisals Research Guide.