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James O'Neil Daniel Grizelj
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People often don’t think of landscape photography as an agent for social change, but that’s exactly what Carleton E. Watkins achieved. President Lincoln, having seen Watkins’ photos, signed the Yosemite Grant bill on June 30, 1864, forbidding any commercial development in the area. Less than a year later, Lincoln was assassinated which means he may have never seen Yosemite if it hadn’t been for these photographs. Without Watkins’ work, there is no telling how long it would have been before Yosemite was fully protected.
[2 of 3] Let’s step inside our archive’s vintage room where we keep our rare and fragile treasures that date back to the inception of photography. In honor of #NPS100, we’re looking at the prints of Carleton E. Watkins, one of the earliest landscape photographers whose work ultimately changed the history U.S. National Parks forever. “Watkins made his first initial trip to Yosemite in 1861 and I think he was just completely blown away by the majesty and the beauty of the environment.” – Matthew Butson, VP of the Getty Images Archive
The Getty Image archive, located in London, is home to about 18 million images going back to the birth of photography. Today we’re taking you into the archives to see a few things on the inside – here for instance you can see a print from the first manned lunar landing mission in 1969. [1 of 3] 
#📷: Oli Scarff | May 13, 2011 | #GettyImages #TBT |
“I knew Zheng, the captain of a fishing vessel, through a friend who owns a seafood restaurant in Pingtung where the local fishermen would usually dine after work. He has been a fisherman for over 60 years after following his father’s footsteps, while his son works as a fish trader. In the photo, Zheng prepares to set sail to Itu Aba, which Taiwan calls Taiping Island, as part of a group of fishermen protesting against The Hague's tribunal court ruling on the South China Sea. He didn’t care if the court ruled Taiping as a rock or island but feels that it still belongs to Taiwan and the decision shouldn’t be based on a foreign court ruling. He, like other locals, has concerns about the increasing number of foreign fishermen going into the region.” – @billyhckwok | July 19, 2016 | #GettyImagesNews #Photojournalism
“Most of the locals at the Natuna Islands work as fishermen, using traditional methods to make their catch. I took this frame in Teluk Buton, a simple and quiet fishing village with a population of around 75,000. The locals there complained that it was difficult to compete with foreign fishermen as they had more modern fishing equipment.” – @uletifan | August 17, 2016 | #GettyImagesNews #Photojournalism
“I was at sea aboard a Tiawanese fishing vessel for the whole day, leaving from Pingtung at 3am in the morning and returning at 5.30pm that evening. It was a quiet trip and both the captain and crew were friendly and welcomed being photographed. I took this shot early in the morning, shortly before two storms rolled in. They cooked fish and shrimp for me during my visit, saying that seafood is better than rice for seasickness. The captain of the boat said that he misses the old days, when he went to sea with his father on the longline fishing vessel near the Philippines and Indonesia, making friends and exchanging goods with local fishermen.” – @billyhckwok | August 10, 2016 | #GettyImagesNews #Photojournalism
“While on patrol in the South China Sea, a member of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries points out a region roughly five hours away from the Natuna Islands known for illegal foreign fishing near the Indonesian sea border.” – @uletifan | August 17, 2016 | #GettyImagesNews #Photojournalism
Photographer Ulet Ifansasti (@uletifan) has been covering social and cultural issues around Indonesia since 2008 for Getty Images. Photographer Billy H.C. Kwok (@billyhckwok) has been with Getty Images since 2015, splitting his time between Taiwan and Hong Kong. Over the past few months, each of them have gone on assignment in the #SouthChinaSea, joining both the sea security patrols and meeting with local fishermen to show the effects of escalated tensions across the region. Join both photographers as they take over @gettyimages today to offer a glimpse into the local fishing populations in #Indonesia and #Taiwan as both countries continue to assert their claims to sovereignty over the disputed waters.
“This was an important assignment for me and was worth the approximately three month wait before securing approval to join the Indonesian security patrols in the South China Sea. I took this frame of the ship's crew as they stood on the main deck, meeting with the Indonesian naval ship KRI Karel Satsuitubun. Indonesia continues to maintain its sovereignty over the Natuna Islands and its surrounding area by patrolling along the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which overlaps China's nine-dash line, an area which Beijing claims as its 'traditional fishing grounds'.” – @uletifan | August 17, 2016 | #GettyImagesNews #Photojournalism
“Julia Martinez, a Mexican citizen working with a work visa for 19 years as a nanny in the United States, carries an American flag while protesting Arizona's immigration law outside the Arizona State Capitol building in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2010 the Arizona legislature passed SB 1070, one of the most restrictive laws on immigration ever passed in the United States, leading to months of protests. Much of the law was later struck down by the Supreme Court.” –  @jbmoorephoto | April 23, 2010 | #GettyImagesNews #Photojournalism
“A Honduran immigration detainee, his feet shackled and shoes laceless as a security precaution, boards an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation flight in Mesa, Arizona bound for San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Most detainees typically remain in custody for several weeks before they are deported to their home country, while others remain for longer periods while their immigration cases work through the courts.” –  @jbmoorephoto | February 28, 2013 | #GettyImagesNews #Photojournalism
“A group of Central Americans climb atop a freight train headed north from Arriaga, Mexico in the early morning of August 4, 2013. Before Mexican authorities began cracking down on the train traffic, thousands rode atop the trains, known as 'La Bestia,' or ‘The Beast’, during their long journey through #Mexico to the U.S. border. Many were robbed or assaulted by gangs who controlled the train tops, while others fell asleep and tumbled down, losing limbs or perishing under the wheels. For my photo coverage of their journey, I also rode atop the train for a stretch through the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Even after just a few hours, I found it hard to stay alert. They would ride the trains for 18-hours stretches, for weeks.” –  @jbmoorephoto | August 4, 2013 | #GettyImagesNews #Photojournalism
“Juana Saravia Medina, 60, waves to her daughter and grandchildren through the U.S.-Mexico border fence in #Tijuana, Mexico. Medina said her daughter, who immigrated from #Mexico to Tennessee 20 years ago, has brought her two children to the border fence in Tijuana to see their grandmother for the very first time. On this day, I went south of the border and photographed the fence from the Tijuana side, where it is painted with colorful murals. Although Mexicans can approach the fence any day of the week, their relatives on the American side only have access to the fence to speak with their loved ones for a few hours on weekends, under observation by Border Patrol agents.” - @jbmoorephoto | May 1, 2016 | #GettyImagesNews #Photojournalism
“The Rio Grande winds its way along the U.S.-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. I had access to fly with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents as they patrolled by #helicopter over the river, searching for groups of undocumented immigrants. The agents let me use a pair of their #nightvision goggles so I could see what they were seeing in the dark. The area being patrolled is just a sliver of the nearly 2,000 mile-long border, which starts at the Gulf of Mexico and follows along the #RioGrande until it finally reaches the Pacific Ocean. It's complicated terrain, passing through desert and mountainous areas, and securing it is a lot more difficult than just building a wall.” – @jbmoorephoto | August 18, 2016 | #GettyImagesNews #Photojournalism