Jackson State University Communications Receives Gift of Canon Cameras from Getty Images and Canon


“This Canon camera giveaway is such a pleasant surprise, and it couldn’t have come at a better time as we seek to improve our technology and visual storytelling capabilities,” said Alonda Thomasdirector of communications for JSU and associate vice president for marketing and communications. “Special thanks to Getty Images and Canon for recognizing the importance of documenting the culture and legacy found in historically black colleges and universities. We are excited about the many beautiful moments and precious memories we will capture with these tools.

University photographer Charles A. Smith said he looked forward to using the new cameras to capture spring sports for the athletics program, including the upcoming blue and white game on April 9and and the spring game which will be nationally televised on ESPN on April 24and. He thinks the new camera equipment will help level the playing field.

“This gear will give us more ability to create the kind of images we need to tell our story. We are a proud institution with a strong heritage, and this gear helps us show the world who we are and what we do. we’ve always done,” Smith said. “I want to thank Getty Images and Canon for bringing us this kind of technology. It’s a game-changer, and I assure you that this camera equipment will be used to the fullest of our capabilities.”

Cassandra IllidgeVice President of Partnerships at Getty Imagessaid the giveaway is just the start of Getty Images’ commitment to HBCUs.

“It gave us immense joy to unveil the Canon professional photo equipment offered at JSU. We are committed to nurturing the history of HBCU and ensuring that today’s visuals can be carefully documented and preserved,” Illidge said.

“Canon is honored to work with Getty Images to help JSU students become the next generation of visual storytellers,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canon the United States Imaging and Communications Technologies Group.

Funding from the grant will support the digitization of 50,000 archival photographs from Jackson State library, including future images captured with the given Canon equipment. The archivists and librarians of the HT Sampson Library in Jackson State University will work alongside the Getty Images team in the photo digitization process. Adnet Global, a renowned post-production agency specializing in the digitization, restoration and discoverability of historic visual analog libraries, will also be participating. Jackson State University will retain all copyrights to its photos and once digitized, historical content will be placed in a newly created stand-alone photo collection called the “Historically Black Colleges & Universities Collection”, which is now available for license on gettyimages.com, with more images to be added throughout this year. JSU will also begin distributing photographs of campus life and sporting events through Getty Images in 2022.

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