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The Seedy, Funky, and Fabulous Hollywood Boulevard of the 1970s

Bus Bench Jesus, Ave Pildas
© Ave Pildas

Hollywood as it was in the ’70s. More»

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Manifest Destiny Billboard Project Celebrates Its Final Chapter in L.A.

Manifest Destiny Billboard Project / John Baldessari
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Siu-Rivera

An artistic road trip pulls into its final stretch. More»

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Posted in J. Paul Getty Museum, Photographs, Film, and Video, Publications

A Brief History of Animals in Photography

In the Box/Out of the Box / William Wegman
© William Wegman

Animals as photographic subject. More»

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An Intimate View of Tokyo

Picnic #2, 1998, Masato Seto. Silver-dye bleach print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006.34.1. Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Masato Seto

Four photographers capture an intimate view of the most populous cities in the world: Tokyo. More»

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A Young Buck on a November Morning


I spoke to him quietly: “I’m not here to hurt you, my friend. I just want to take your picture to share with the world how beautiful you are.” More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Gardens and Architecture, Getty Villa, Photographs, Film, and Video, Voices

The Waltz of the Hummingbirds

Tahnee Cracchiola © 2009 J. Paul Getty Trust

Waltzing hummingbirds captured in a fleeting second by accident. Nature’s surprises sure do deliver beautiful photographs. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Minty Fresh Inspiration

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Spit-take baptism or the fresh to death Patron Saint of Minty Fresh Breath? It’s really a depiction of Saint John receiving direct inspiration from God.

      Here’s the full story:

      The Bible recounts many examples of direct inspiration from God, but it doesn’t ever explicitly mention a blinding blue light shooting directly from heaven to the mouth of Saint John, as is depicted here. Nor does Saint John ever mention the uncomfortable sensation of being surrounded by a purple amoeba. 

      In this image that begins the Gospel of John in a Gospel book, the use of bright colors and strong shapes creates a sense of surrealism

      The illumination’s dynamic energy, however, is typical of artists working in the seventeenth century in the Armenian enclave of New Julfa in Isfahan.

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.


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