LIFE Photo Archives Online
LIFE Magazine was famous for its own photography. In addition, it had one heck of a photo archive. Now some of that work is available online
, stretching as far back as the 1870s (long before the publication came into existence).
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.
I'm finding that the description doesn't quite mesh with what I can see on the site. No matter how I search, whether by decade, year, or topic, the maximum number of photos that come back seems to be 200. For those who need old pictures for projects, remember that in the U.S., anything from before 1923 is in the public domain.
Labels: archives, historic, LIFE, photographs
Afghan Art Price Competition Includes Photographers
A person who helped create a national art price in Afghanistan
had a piece in the Financial Times describing it. Two photographers are involved, and if you scroll down the piece, you can see a shot from one of them: two soccer players looking playfully out of place in the mountainous landscape. It's a photo with humor, cultural relevance, and pleasing composition. It's one of the rare times I've seen a "rule of thirds" composition look so natural and unplanned, with leading lines helping to focus the eye. A very nice image.
Newly Found Pictures of Second Lincoln Inauguration
I heard this story on National Public Radio
and found it delightful. The Library of Congress had, through misreading somewhat illegible hand-written logs in the 1940s, misfiled some pictures of Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural. The Library put its photos and other images online
recently, and a research found the mistake. The story link has some of the images, and full-sized ones are available there for the download.
Labels: historic, photographs
Online Photography Collections
I had caught misreading an article, thinking that a major museum in Cleveland was uploading its photography collection onto the web. But that got me wondering about what collections might be available for online views. I did some searching, and here are some suggestions:
Labels: collections, online, photographs, photography