Getty  Images Archive is delighted to welcome the work of Jack Mitchell as the latest addition to its historical Arts and Entertainment roster.

“Virtually everyone who is someone in the arts found a path to Jack Mitchell’s photography studio on East 74th street”  wrote Annette Grant in her New York Times tribute to Mitchell announcing his retirement in 1995. And in Mitchell’s five decade career, starting with shooting dance for Jacob’s Pillow, he went on to photograph some of the greatest dancers, actors, artists, writers and musicians of the late 20th century –  Jack Nicholson, Leonard Bernstein, John Lennon, Salvador Dali, Keith Haring, Neil Simon, Twyla Tharp, Natalie Wood, Alfred Hitchcock, David Byrne, Truman Capote, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol to name just a few.

He was the official photographer of the American Ballet Theater from 1960-70, and was Alvin Ailey’s photographer chronicling the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from its inception in 1960. His work has appeared in various publications including Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue and LIFE.

Mitchell’s homage to Hollywood lighting and eye for line and design lent itself perfectly to shooting in black and white but not exclusively – the archive is rich too in early colour sets which have been subsequently scanned and retouched to their original glory – and together the archive offers us a stunning  and unique document of more than half a century of the arts, and much of it unseen. In his lifetime, Jack took well over 5000 individual portrait sessions with many of those, some 50 years on only now just coming to light.

An introduction to Jack’s archive can be seen here:

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