Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Google presents: An incredible motherlode of photos from Life Magazine, soon to include 10 million images

Just last month, Life Magazine opened up their treasure trove of photographs and they are available here on Google.

Charlie Parker - click to enlarge

Marilyn Monroe in Capris - click to enlarge

The official Google blog goes into great detail on these images: "We're excited to announce the availability of never-before-seen images from the LIFE photo archive. This effort to bring offline images online was inspired by our mission to organize all the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."

This collection of newly-digitized images includes photos and etchings produced and owned by LIFE dating all the way back to the 1750s.Only a very small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest have been sitting in dusty archives in the form of negatives, slides, glass plates, etchings, and prints. We're digitizing them so that everyone can easily experience these fascinating moments in time. Today about 20 percent of the collection is online; during the next few months, we will be adding the entire LIFE archive — about 10 million photos."

Jackie Kennedy - click to enlarge

Crosby Stills Nash & Young - click to enlarge


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