Shutterstock Opens The Vault – A First-Class Historical Stock Photo Collection

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Today, stock photo powerhouse Shutterstock announced the launching of a new, massive editorial collection: The Vault, a historical archive with over 50 million assets between images and videos, documenting the main events in the 20th century. 

Combining wholly-owned libraries with strategic distribution partnerships from big names in the photo archive world, The Vault offers a way to add authority and credibility to both historical and creative projects and is easily accessible through Shutterstock Editorial

Learn more! 

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What’s in The Vault

The newly launched Vault is a very rich archive with over 50 million files –including photographs and footage– covering categories like war, politics, film, music, arts, royals, celebrities, and more for the span of over 100 years. The result is a “comprehensive chronicle of the 20th century”. 

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Martin Luther King Jr. Copyright: Glasshouse Images & Shutterstock, all rights reserved

Curated by an expert archivist team led by Greg Watts, the collection includes content from Shutterstock-owned libraries such as The Berliner Archive –which provides historical imagery from the main capitals of entertainment and celebrities in the US in the last half of the 20th century– and the Art Archive that is an extensive and very rare visual coverage of the world’s art and cultures from leading museums, galleries, and private collections. 

Not just that, but the archive is complete with the addition of highly relevant historical content from strategic partners. For example, you can find the Rex Features Collection with all its visuals of the 20th-century highlights from politics to royals and beyond, as well as assets from ITV’s vast catalog of TV stills going back many decades, among many more valuable images. 

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Sean Connery. Copyright: Harry Myers & Shutterstock, all rights reserved

How to Open The Vault

Housed in a facility in the UK, a lot of The Vault’s content is digitized and available online, through Shutterstock Editorial division, right on their website. 

Open the vault right now!

In The Vault, you will encounter featured and themed collections as well as a search engine to find content according to your needs. 

All images are under Shutterstock Editorial license, and you can buy them on-demand by the unit, at $199 per image, or with an editorial 25 image pack, which cuts the price down in half to just $99 per download. 

Heads up! Shutterstock now offers Asset Assurance, a service in which their editorial and legal teams work with customers to clear rights to use editorial content in commercial-oriented projects!
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Princess Diana. Copyright: Northcliff Collection ANL & Shutterstock, all rights reserved

All in all, this represents one of the largest online, historical photo archives available to license, and it brings a lot of value to all kinds of documentary and creative projects! 

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