Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Google adds 10 million photos from Life archives

Now this is big news.

Google has announced that they are putting all 10 million pictures from the archival collection of Time-Life on line and available for searching via Image Search. There are some amazing photos included -- many of them never before published.

According to the announcement on the Google Blog, the archives date back to 1750 -- or to a time before photography even existed! It's an amazing resource. Full marks to Google for pursuing a project like this.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:
One of our favorites is this classic Eisenstaedt image of children watching a puppet show.

Alfred snapped this in 1963, at the climax of Guignol's "Saint George and the Dragon" in the Tuileries Garden in Paris. Just as the dragon is slain, some children cry out in a combination of horror and delight, while others are taken aback in shock. Every child is consumed with emotion, masterfully captured by Eisenstaedt's camera. These amazing photos are now blended into our Image Search results along with other images from across the web.
Whether you're looking for a particular image, or just browsing, I know you'll enjoy looking through this collection.

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