Google has partnered with Time/LIFE to make a massive collection of images available online through the Google Image Search funtcion. The announcement was made on the Official Google Blog today.
This collection includes film, negatives, and even glass plates dating back as far as 1750, which have been digitized and are now hosted by Google. Also included are famous photos such as the sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square, and photos by famous photographers such as Alfred Eisenstaedt and Dorothea Lange.
Each image page contains a link to the largest resolution available for the image. There is also metadata available on the right, including photographer, date taken, location, and related keywords with links to those searches.
There are two ways to find these images . The first is to browse from the collection’s starting point, or enter a search phrase from that point. You can also include the phrase “source:life” (without quotes) in any Google Image Search to narrow your results to only those within this collection.
Time/LIFE has retained copyright on these images, so there are limitations on their use. The full resolution images have the LIFE logo stamped in the lower right corner. Even so, the possibilities for using this collection with students are tremendous. Or, if you’re an interested browser, it’s a delightful way to cruise through our nation’s history.
[tags]Google, Life, Google Image Search[/tags]