Images Of Life

(noon. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

On Tuesday LIFE Magazine released two million photos from the 1750s to today, from the LIFE magazine archives. Most of them have never before been seen by the public, apparently never published.

From the announcement on GoogleBlog Tuesday of the release:

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.

Once you are in the archive, you’ll also notice that you can access a rich full-size, full-screen version of each image simply by clicking on the picture itself in the landing page. If you decide you really like one of these images, high-quality framed prints can be purchased from LIFE at the click of a button.

The full Google LIFE photo archive is here:

You can also search them directly on Just add “source:life” to any Google image search and search only the LIFE photo archive. For example: computer source:life




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    • Edger on November 20, 2008 at 22:05

    Life is like that. 🙂

    • RiaD on November 20, 2008 at 22:52

    very ver cool!

  1. Wow!   I just clicked around for a few minutes.   It would be easy to wander around there for hours.  I love the old black & whites.

    I know the pics are copyright but f*ck it – I’m posting this anyway.  Found this charming couple in a collection of cowboy pics.

    Talk about nostalgia…

    Alfred Eisenstaedt  (1943)

    • OPOL on November 21, 2008 at 02:51

    Muchas gracias.

    • Edger on November 21, 2008 at 18:03
    • kj on November 22, 2008 at 21:25

    very great. 🙂  thanks.

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