Getty Images celebrates 25th year of existence

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by Charlie Spargo

Visual media provider Getty Images - a trusted source for media platforms and beyond - celebrates its 25th anniversary today (March 13th).

The imagery supplier, which supports media organisations and brands with high-quality photos, was founded in 1995 by Mark Getty and Jonathan Klein.

Today, it provides award-winning content for creative and editorial across the world.

Mark Getty, Chairman and Co-founder, said: "Innovation and thoughtful visual storytelling are deeply woven into the fabric of Getty Images. One of the first things we did upon founding the company was make our premium creative imagery more accessible by creating an online image and video licensing platform in 1998.

"A lot has changed due to the rise of smartphones and the proliferation of social media: today, visual content is the language of our time. But some things don't change- customers are still looking for visual content that primarily does three things: shines an uncompromising light on crucial issues; quickly communicates long-standing core concepts in new ways and provokes the global community to step up and drive change. No one can deliver visual content like Getty Images."

Getty Images CEO Craig Peters said: "We are immensely excited to celebrate and build upon Getty Images' heritage, which lies squarely in its unparalleled content offering and a commitment to enable our customers' voices and creativity.

"In serving our customers over the last 25 years through our Getty Images and iStock offerings, we have paid more than $4 billion in royalties to our visual content providers and funded numerous causes and communities. I cannot wait to see what we accomplish in our next 25 years."