10 Million Photos from Life Magazine

Google plans to archive as many as 10 million photos from Life Magazine’s archives dating back to the 1750s ‹ many which have never been published before. The photos will be available on Google Image Search pages after being digitized for the first time from negatives, slides, glass plates, etchings, and prints. Google claims that about 20% of the Life photo collection is already online, and that the rest of the magazine’s entire archive will be accessible over the next few months.


The site currently offers access to Life photos of the 1930’s oil boom, the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, the 1963 March on Washington, the Vietnam War, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and other subjects. The collection will include photos from Life photographers such as Alfred Eisenstaedt and Margaret Bourke-White, along with photos of world events and everyday lifestyles and fashions.