Getty Images, the world-famous stock photo bank, has over 500 million photos, illustrations and video clips in its archive collection, and some of them could be released as NFTs. Potentially, that’s a lot of non-fungible tokens.
Naturally, Getty Images won’t be turning every photo or video into an NFT. These non-fungible tokens are digital files registered on a blockchain to create scarcity, see our What are NFTs? guide to more details. Instead the stock photo archive will pick unseen and iconic photos from its famous collection to turn into rare digital art, released as NFTs.
The image library is partnering with digital collectible company Candy Digital to support transactions, which will mint the NFTs onto the carbon-neutral Palm blockchain. You can find out more about this new NFT platform in our NFT crypto guide.
The new Getty Images NFT collection will not only include rare photography from its archive, but the collection will feature new modern photography that will cover key moments in world events, arts and culture.
“With the very best content at our core, innovation is woven into the fabric of Getty Images and this partnership speaks to our mission to connect people with our high quality, exclusive visual content,” said Craig Peters, CEO, Getty Images in a statement.
He added: “We are proud to work with Candy Digital to expand our offering to the fast-growing global audience of NFT collectors, representing significant opportunities for the company and our global photographer community.”
It looks like Getty Images is aiming to make its NFT collection easy to access, with collectors being able to make purchases using credit cards. Given the recent NFT crash and the need to open NFT collection to people beyond the core cryptocurrency fans, Getty Images’ collection could be a bold move.
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Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & Design at Creative Bloq. Ian is the former editor of many leading magazines, including digital art focused ImagineFX and 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched the magazine X360 in 2005 and has relaunched many others. In his early career Ian wrote for music and film magazines, including Uncut, SFX, and assisted on The Idler. With over 25 years’ experience in both print and online journalism, Ian has worked on many leading video game and digital art brands. With a passion for video games and art, Ian combines his loves to bring the latest news on NFTs, video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq. In his spare time he doodles in Corel Painter, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.