Wednesday, November 19, 2008

You can search pictures captured by Life

Google News today had a section reporting 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.

It looks pretty impressive, and a great way to learn history.

If you are looking for something specific, from Google Image Search enter the keywords to find what you are looking for and "source:life" in the text box.

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Luke said...

That is way cool!

Thanks for sharing.


Henry Cate said...

You are welcome.

It is such an amazing world. There is so much wealth of information and knowledge available to us, for free.