About the Project

An ongoing collaborative effort between Ohio State’s Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective and Getty Images, Picturing Black History seeks to uncover untold stories and rarely seen images of the Black experience, providing new context around culturally-significant moments by bringing them into the light and into view. Blending the breadth and depth of Getty Images’ imagery archives with the renowned expertise of Origins and Ohio State’s History Department, we seek to inform, educate, and move the world forward, by exploring the past.

Learn more about Black History and the goals of the project here

The Team

Editorial Board

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For media inquiries, please contact

Alex Lazarou,

Getty Images’ Senior PR Manager,

at alex.lazarou@gettyimages.com.

About Getty Images

Getty Images is a preeminent global visual content creator and marketplace that offers a full range of content solutions to meet the needs of any customer around the globe, no matter their size. Through its Getty Images, iStock and Unsplash brands, websites and APIs, Getty Images serves over 1 million customers in almost every country in the world and is the first-place people turn to discover, purchase and share powerful visual content from the world’s best photographers and videographers. Getty Images works with over 450,000 contributors and more than 300 content partners to deliver this powerful and comprehensive content. Each year Getty Images covers more than 160,000 news, sport and entertainment events providing depth and breadth of coverage that is unmatched. Getty Images maintains one of the largest and best privately-owned photographic archives in the world with over 135 million images dating back to the beginning of photography.

About Origins

Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective connects history with today with rich stories and engaging analysis. Origins offers thoughtful, reliable, and free insight into our world’s most pressing current events through a wide range of media: short and long-form essays, the podcasts Prologued and History Talk, the Origins OSU  video channel, the policy website A Well-Informed People, and a popular teacher resources. Origins aims to bring to life the words of Toni Morrison: "For insight into the complicated and complicating events ... , one needs perspective, not attitudes; context, not anecdotes; analyses, not postures. For any kind of lasting illumination the focus must be on the history routinely ignored or played down or unknown."


Origins thanks the Stanton Foundation, the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme, and the Ohio State University Department of HistoryCenter for Latin American StudiesCenter for East Asian Studies and College of Arts and Sciences for their generous support of this collaboration.