Ohio State and Getty Images team up to uncover untold stories and images from black history

the Ohio State University collaborated with Getty Imagesa global visual content creator and marketplace, to launch Representing Black Historya joint initiative to recontextualize and bring to light black stories, offering new perspectives and bringing to light some of the most culturally significant moments of the past.

Part of Origins: current events in historical perspective – published jointly by Ohio State and the University of Miami – Picturing Black History contributes to an ongoing public dialogue about the significance of black history and life in the United States and around the world. Picturing Black History directly embraces the power of historical understanding to help re-examine visual history through digital formats, challenging the biases inherent in 200 years of photographic history.

“Issues of racism and Black lives have perhaps never been more pressing in our national conversation than they are right now, and never has understanding of the history of black America in all its complexity,” said Nicholas Breyfogle, associate professor. of history at Ohio State and co-editor of Picturing Black History. “The challenge is to bring this history to a wider audience so that, with a deeper understanding, we can forge a fairer and more just future. Picturing Black History and our exciting new collaboration with Getty Images strive to meet this challenge.

Combining the breadth and depth of the Getty Images archive with the renowned expertise of Origins and the Ohio State Department of History, the project uses the power of visuals to bring to light stories of oppression and resistance, perseverance and resilience, dreams of freedom, imagination and inner joy. in the United States and around the world. To support the learning and expansion of these historical narratives, the Picturing Black History editorial team presents esteemed authors from academia and cultural institutions combining in-depth essays with historical imagery. Stories include the revolution of black women and girls, the life of Susie Baker and the drive for educational equality before Brown v. Board of Educationand the Tuskegee Institute’s Silver Jubilee and the works of Booker T. Washingtonamong many others.⁠

“By bringing historical perspective to rarely seen photos, Ohio State and Getty Images are bringing Black history to life through this collaboration,” said Melissa L. Gilliam, executive vice president and provost of Ohio State. “I am grateful to our teachers and students for allowing us to see these lesser-known figures and milestones, which deepens our understanding of American history.”

“Through this collaboration with Ohio State and Origins, we have the opportunity to challenge dated narratives and help enrich our knowledge of black history,” said Bob Ahern, director of photography for archive at Getty Images. “By opening our archives, we have a chance to embrace the power of photography and writing to revisit stories that have so often been pushed aside.”

The types of stories explored for Picturing Black History continue to expand, and the partnership with Getty Images provides the project with an opportunity to showcase stories and narratives that often fail in the history books. The project intentionally examines historical actors, such as women, children, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, who are often not highlighted in historical examinations. These stories are just as important as, and often intertwined with, the stories of civil rights and resistance.

“What has changed over the past few years, especially after the murder of George Floyd, is the growing urgency and thirst of all to better understand history, to be able to make broader connections and to situate their own experiences in these historical events. stories,” said Daniela Edmeier, a doctoral student in the Department of History working on the Picturing Black History project. “These narratives that are both difficult to take in but critically important to honestly embrace and examine with an open critical eye.”

“Picture Black History is a partnership that brings to light the visual imagery of Black history that is too often veiled from public view,” said Damarius Johnson, another PhD student in the Department of story who works on the project.

Through Getty Images, Picturing Black History also has access to archivists and photographers, contributing behind-the-lens perspectives on how history is documented, cataloged and remembered. The project also includes a growing number of essays that shed light on international networks of black history.

To learn more about Picturing Black History, visit: https://www.picturingblackhistory.org/ and to explore photographs from the Getty Images archive, visit: https://www.gettyimages.com/collaboration/boards/rqjM4Ffvo0m_uPryDA5S_A

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