The great and powerful Goog has now acquired the archived photos from LIFE magazine, and it’s publicly available on each of your interwebs:
The collection includes the entire works of Life photographers Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gjon Mili and Nina Leen. Also available are: the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; Dahlstrom glass plates of New York from the 1880′s; and Hugo Jaeger Nazi-era Germany 1937-1944.
Dawn Bridges, a spokeswoman for TimeInc, the archives in their entirety would be available in the first quarter of next year. She said it was would not just be historical. “We will be adding new things. There will be thousands of new pictures from DC for the inauguration on January 20,” she said.
What’s cool is that according to the article, 97% of the photos (10 million) have never before been seen. Here’s Google’s portal for accessing the photos. A prominent issue now to consider is whether the photos are in the public domain. Obviously, the older ones might just be, but what about the ones less than the 70 or so years it takes for fair use? Pretty groovy for browsing, though.