November 19, 2008

What spare time - Google does it again

Google keeps getting more and more amazing. They now have millions of photos from Life Magazine digitized and available online. From the website:
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.
And from the Google Blog:
LIFE Photo Archive available on Google Image Search
The Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; The Mansell Collection from London; Dahlstrom glass plates of New York and environs from the 1880s; and the entire works left to the collection from LIFE photographers Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gjon Mili, and Nina Leen. These are just some of the things you'll see in Google Image Search today.

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.
And if you see an image you like, click on it and there is an option to purchase a photographic print from Life, matted and framed. If you view a large image online, there is a Life watermark but it is not obtrusive. This is an amazing resource... Tip of the hat to Telstar Logistics for the link. Posted by DaveH at November 19, 2008 1:33 PM | TrackBack
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