As of last week, renown cycling photography firm and archive, TDWSport, was acquired by Getty Images.
In a press release, Getty Images announced that Tim de Waele (owner of TDWsport) will also join its staff, leading the company’s cycling coverage division.
During his 27-year career, de Waele has captured every major cycling event across the world, including 25 Grand Tours, as well as various Olympic Games and World Championships, amassing an archive of more than 375,000 images along the way.
According to Getty Images, the acquisition of TDWsport’s archive will form the basis for a new Velo Collection, which will continue to feature comprehensive coverage of men’s and women’s cycling under de Waele’s leadership.
“Sport imagery lies at the very foundation of Getty Images and we work hard to lead the industry in the creation and delivery of world-class sports content for media as well as sports governing bodies, teams and the vital ecosystem of partners and licensees that support them,” said Ken Mainardis, Senior Vice President of Editorial, Getty Images. “Tim is a leader in cycling photography – a huge talent with deep institutional knowledge of the cycling industry so we could not be more excited to have him join the team and lead our coverage of this sport.”
“Tim has received numerous awards throughout his career for his industry-leading coverage of the sport, and his legacy will continue alongside its roster of award-winning sports photographers at Getty Images”, Mainardis added.
“It is an honor to join forces with the talented photographers at Getty Images, as many of them have been friends and colleagues for many years,” said de Waele. “It is also an incredibly exciting moment for cycling – with the support of Getty Images’ unparalleled global distribution and event technology, we will be able deliver premium imagery faster than ever to the sports’ business and fan communities around the world.”
The Velo Collection, including the TDWsport archive will be available on gettyimages.com from February 2018.
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