A Night at the Museum: The Getty


The Getty Center is especially stunning at night when the museum is closed and clear of visitors. We attended an uplifting lecture by Pete Souza, President Obama’s White House Photographer. 

One week later, the hills surrounding the Getty were inundated by wildfires. Fortunately, the museum wasn’t damaged. 

 

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Steps

 

“The responsibility of an architect is to create a sense of order, a sense of place, a sense of relationship.”
~ Richard Meier, Architect, Getty Center

 

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Getty Grids

 

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LA Lights

 

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Night Reflection

 

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Night at the Museum

 

“Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.”

~Frank Lloyd Wright

 

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The Atrium

 

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Night Shot

 

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LA Framed

 

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Trees and Pool

 

“To make a picture that I haven’t made before, that’s my daily goal.”

~Pete Souza

 

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The Eye

 

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Moon and Columns

 

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Pete Souza

 

 

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104 comments

  1. Beautiful night photography, Jane! But my favorites are: Steps, LA Lights, Night Reflection and LA Framed.
    Best regards, Heidi

  2. So many amazing photos 👍 Just when I thought I had a favorite, I came across a few more favorites…..

  3. Jane, these are wonderful! I’m envious about the evening walk on the grounds and the lecture. The first image is a knock-out, it’s great in black and white. The “Night at the Museum” image looks like it was done for a magazine, maybe AD! It’s perfection! I also love “LA Framed” and the skyline shot seems surprisingly clear for LA. The “Trees and Pool” photo is also excellent – but they all are. And thank you for including the shot in the auditorium, with that photo in the background, very nice. Altogether it is such an accomplished essay, and at night! I’d love to learn a few things from you about night photography!

    • Hi Lynn, Wow. You’ve made my day. Thank you for your thoughtful responses to these images– I really appreciate it coming from your keen eye. I was so excited about Pete Souza, that it didn’t dawn on me until we arrived that we would have the museum grounds virtually to ourselves. It was very cool– and stunning at night. I’m so glad you like the progression of shots and conversions to monochrome. Pete’s book on Obama is beautiful, too, as the icing on the cake for the evening. 😉Hope all is well with you!

    • I wish I’d said that:)

  4. The Souza quote is one that can be applied to anyone with a camera, from one who only takes snaps to the professional.

    A fantastic set of photos. My parents, on one of many trips to California in the 1980s, inadvertently found the Getty when there was still some wrangling about whether it would become a museum or remain a private estate. Since it was still private, they turned around. They said if it became a museum, it would be a little off the beaten path. Of course, the road network was a little different 30-some years ago.

  5. Stunning in monochrome, it is a stark beauty. I smiled when I saw the eye peering up from the corner, well seen Jane. Fire can destroy so much so I am so pleased this magnificent building was spared

  6. What a beautiful museum, Jane, and I am so glad that it was not damaged by the fires.

  7. What wonderful photos of what looks like a beautiful building.

  8. each and every photo stimulates the mind by capturing a moment in time; one that is very out of the ordinary

  9. You are magnificent… amazing photos and lighting…

  10. I loved the Getty when I saw it during the day. But it’s spectacular at night! Beautiful shots!

  11. Great series, Jane. Especially drawn to Getty Grids and LA Lights…but i truly love them all!

  12. Beautiful photos, Jane. I like the B&W Night Reflection. It could be right out of Life magazine.
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  13. Jane, nice images. It must have been a very special event.

  14. really gorgeous shots Jane….love the detail..and the mystery that they portray …beautiful building!!!

  15. Impressing architecture – and impressing pictures, too. Kind regards, Helge

  16. Night time is great for photography, I just wish I had more time to go out then. A stunning set.

  17. Breathtaking images. (As always) 😊

  18. Great images. Was the talk good? Is he the guy who photographed Obama all those years?

  19. Stunning photographs enhanced with appropriate quotations. You’re clearly a visual and technical artist, Jane. Beautifully done!

  20. These are terrific! Glad to see you are doing more and more B&W.

  21. Magnificent night captures!

  22. Beautiful night photos. I listened to an interview that Terry Gross of Fresh Air had with Pete Souza. Must have been a wonderful lecture!

  23. Beautiful shots of the museum and surroundings. So grateful it wasn’t damaged by the fires!

  24. These are gorgeous night shots Jane 🙂

  25. Your photography is simply stunning.

  26. We keep on building with all what we feel in this time and place. Nice shots..

  27. Superb collection of images of such a special place. Thank goodness it escaped the fires. So sad for all those that didn’t

  28. It must have been great to hear Souza speak. Wonderful night shots of the museum. Especially like seeing the city lights in the background.

  29. 🙂 It’s been way too long since I’ve been there.
    Thanks for sharing and have a very HAPPY weekend 🙂

  30. Absolutely stunning. So very glad to learn that the museum was spared.

  31. Such a beautiful place and your photos have captured it!

  32. Stupendous shots, Never seen photos of this place before…it does not disappoint, especially not when seen through your eyes.

  33. These are terrific shots. I think the museum could use use them for their advertising as these are as glorious ( or more so) than any images I have ever seen of the Getty. I am so glad to hear that it is OK. I was wondering how it fared, but had heard nothing here.

  34. Great stuff very carefully seen and executed, love it,

  35. Outstanding! Makes me wanna go.

  36. Gorgeous shots. I especially love the lighting in your photos.

  37. These are beautiful Jane. I especially enjoyed the B&W treatment.

  38. You most certainly did the incredible architecture justice with your outstanding composition and exposure.

  39. Fantastic shots – you captured the best at night!

  40. It is a wonderful complex, very photogenetic and you made great pictures.

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