Helen Levitt, New York, ca.1965. Courtesy: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Getty Museum Receives Two Major Gifts of Photographs

The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today that it received donations of two groups of photographs from collectors Leslie and Judith Schreyer and Michael and Jane Wilson. The gifts include works by artists previously unrepresented in the museum’s collection. 

“These generous gifts complement and strengthen our holdings of important photographers from Los Angeles, New York, Europe, and Asia,” said Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Both Les and Judy and Michael and Jane are longtime and enthusiastic supporters of the Museum and our photographs department. Their donations will provide a rich trove of images from which we will be able to organize future exhibitions.” 

The donation from Leslie and Judith Schreyer includes fifty photographs by thirty-nine artists. Among the best-known photographers in the group are Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, and Magnum Agency photographers W. Eugene Smith, Bruce Davidson, and Josef Koudelka. The collection also features fifteen photographers, who had yet to be represented in the museum’s collection, and works by members of the New York Photo League, such as Helen Levitt, Arthur Leipzig, and Leon Levinstein.

Michael and Jane Wilson, founding members of the Getty Museum Photographs Council, gifted seventy-one photographs by nine artists. Six of the artists will be new to the museum’s collection: Darren Almond, Robbert Flick, Leland Rice, Paul Shambroom, Jem Southam, and Seung Woo Bak. The Wilsons’ donation includes selections from several bodies of work, most notably the hour-long exposures of landscapes by Hans-Christian Schink and Seung Woo Back’s commentary on modes of surveillance in North Korea.