Getty Images has acquired The Michael Ochs Archives that features stacks of imagery of music and entertainment legends from the last century spanning the 1940s to the 1990s.

The collection features high-quality photographs of musicians captured at live performances, private shoots and special events as well as images of entertainment personalities featured in films, television programs and social documentaries.

Founded in the mid-1970s by Michael Ochs, brother of legendary folk singer Phil Ochs, the collection was compiled from a range of sources, such as celebrity photographers, artist estates, music labels, publishers, and even the garages of retired recording executives.

In addition to an extensive selection of iconic visuals, the archive contains many rare and unpublished works, delivering a unique perspective on 20th century pop culture.

Approximately 15,000 digitized works from The Michael Ochs Archives will be available beginning this April at, with approximately 60,000 more to be added on a rolling basis throughout 2007.