Wednesday, November 19, 2008

LIFE Photo Archive Hosted by Google

BLOGS / The Channel Wire / November 19, 2008

Google Resurrects Life Magazine Images

Google has opened up the Life magazine photo archives, launching an online photo gallery that offers millions of pictures that have gone unviewed for decades.


Google launched the service on Tuesday as part of its image search function, starting with roughly two million photos stretching from the 1750s to today. Google added that it plans to enter all 10 million images from Life's photo library so that they can be viewed by anyone with an Internet connection. That's a boon, considering Life has said that more than 95 percent of its photo archive has never been publicly viewed or published in the magazine
"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," Google software engineer Paco Galanes wrote on Google's blog. Galanes continued: "This collection of newly digitized images includes photos and etchings produced and owned by Life dating all the way back to the 1750s."

Life was established as a magazine in 1883 and eventually ceased publication in 2006.

Along with displaying the images online, Google said they can be printed for free as long as they are not being used to make money. Life's parent company, Time Warner, however, plans to sell high-resolution prints of the work though


Posted by Andrew R Hickey at 3:19 PM




Lisa Guidarini said...

Great idea to use a blog for reference info. I'll definitely add you to my own blog, dedicated to Intellectual Freedom:

Sorry for the unwieldy URL. It's attached to my main blog and I can't figure out how to give it its own entity.


Eileen Shepherd said...

Thanks for the information about the LIFE archive. Some amazing photographs.

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Steve Johnson said...

Hi Gerry
The original post gave the publication span of Life as starting in 1883. The familar (to some) Life Magazine began publication in 1936. The previous Life magazine was an illustrated humor magazine. Time, Inc. bought the title for their new, unrelated publication.

The humor publication now available as part of a Proquest digital product, to which I do not have access. I doubt that the Google Life project includes content from the humor magazine. Some covers from the Humor magazine are available at