Assembled by Mathias Komor, an art dealer in New York City from the 1930s until his death in 1984, the collection documents
objects that passed through one of the first New York dealers to handle ancient and primitive art.
In 1974, the J. Paul Getty Museum began assembling a "photo library" by consolidating the visual resources of each existing
curatorial department. By the early 1980s, the Photo Archive was actively acquiring large collections of photographs from
commercial and private sources and scholars' archives that contained a photographic component. In 1983, the nearly one million
photographs of the Photo Archive were incorporated into the Research Institute's Special Collections.
10.2 linear feet
Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s). For further information, contact
Library Reproductions and Permissions.
Open for use by qualified researchers. For further information, consult the
Guide to the Photo Archive and Database.