May 25, 2022

Photography: The Getty Releases 860 Digitized Images by Wim Swaan Available as Open Content

From The Getty Iris Blog:

About 860 recently digitized images from the Wim Swaan photograph collection have been newly added to the Open Content Program, available to download and use for any purpose.

A photographer and practicing architect, Wim Swaan illustrated eighteen books on the art and architecture of cultures around the world. The digitization project focused on architectural photographs from three of Swaan’s book projects: Lost Cities: Ceylon, Pagan, Angkor (1966), Morocco: Marrakesh, Fez, Rabat (1967), and Mughul India: Delhi, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri (1968). The photographs, shot on black-and-white and color film stocks, document the cities and sites as they looked in the mid- to late-1960s. Skillfully composed, the images are arresting.


The photographs digitized for this project represent only a small portion of Swaan’s rich photographic output. Over the course of his extensive career, Swaan traveled widely across five continents, documenting the art and architecture of a broad range of cultures. The overall Wim Swaan photograph collection contains approximately 47,900 photographs, both professional and personal. Areas of focus include the art and architecture of medieval, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance Europe; Islamic Spain and Morocco; Turkey, Egypt, and Iran; ancient Egypt and Greece; Asia, including India, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka; Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America; and the landscape of the American West. The recent digitization project begins to make highlights from this collection much more widely accessible.

Direct to Wim Swaan Images Now Available in Open Content Collection

Read the Complete Blog Post, Learn More About Wim Swaan and the Collection, View Selected Images

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