20 November 2008

The LIFE magazine archive

When Google does something, the blogosphere takes note. This week Google announced that they are (it is?) making available all of the LIFE magazine photographs - not just the covers, mind you, but all of the photos - including ones that were never published in the magazine itself.

10 million photos.

The database is searchable here, or by adding "source:life" to any Google image search.

Like every other blogger, I'll be making use of these images from time to time, either as illustrations for stories that need one, or as stand-alone curiosities a la Shorpy.

The image above comes from a search for the term "recession." It's the cover for a 1992 issue of Time magazine. Bet you didn't even remember that there was a recession in 1992 - it sure didn't feel like the current one...

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