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Home to one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Center sits atop a hill in Brentwood just off the 405 Freeway. It’s lauded for its modern architecture and expertly manicured gardens, but don’t overlook the museum’s photography. From architectural photographer Julius Shulman and multimedia artist Ed Ruscha to fashion photog Herb Ritts, the Center’s more than 2 million photos include archives of tremendous historical importance and interest.

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