The Photographs Study Room at the Getty Center




Nude, Charis Wilson copyright Edward Weston estate

Photographs in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum not on display in the Center for Photographs are available for viewing in the Photographs Study Room, which is open by prior appointment to researchers, students, and the interested public.

About the Photographs Collection
The Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum holds one of the finest collections of photographs in the world, with about 36,500 individual prints, over 2,500 daguerreotypes and other cased objects, 30,000 stereographs and cartes-de-visite, and 475 albums containing almost 40,000 mounted prints. 

An important aspect of the activity of the Getty Museum is the loan of works of art for display at other museums. Consequently, the photographs you wish to view may not be available. It is necessary, therefore, that you call to discuss your area of interest with a staff member before making an appointment. To investigate the nature of our holdings, browse photographs from the collection online or consult the books The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Photographs Collection andPhotographers of Genius at the Getty.

Download a list of all makers whose work is represented in the collection (PDF, 13 pp., 219 KB)

To Make an Appointment
Please contact us at least one week in advance of your desired visit. The Study Room is closed the month of August and the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Please call (310) 440-6589 or send a fax to (310) 440-7743 to request an appointment and obtain the current schedule.


By Jim McKinniss

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