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.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.