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Home to one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Center sits atop a hill in Brentwood just off the 405 Freeway. It’s lauded for its modern architecture and expertly manicured gardens, but don’t overlook the museum’s photography. From architectural photographer Julius Shulman and multimedia artist Ed Ruscha to fashion photog Herb Ritts, the Center’s more than 2 million photos include archives of tremendous historical importance and interest.
The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, it strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty Programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect.