Sunday, 23 November 2008

Life & death

Dead Confederate soldiers of Gen. Starke's LA Brigade lying by fence at Hagerstown Pike, killed by advancing Federal troops in Civil War Battle of Antietam, 1862. © LIFE/Google (link)

Google has come together with the defunct LIFE Magazine and are now offering one of the biggest photography collections in the world for free online. They are all easily searchable by decade or keyword, and almost all of them them previously unpublished.

British women employed as porters re shortage of men during World War I, London, 1915. © LIFE/Goole (link)

The archive goes all the way back to the very first days of photography and is a veritable treasure trove for those interested in history general and the development of photojournalism in particular. Dig in.

Mustachioed man wearing steel helmet w. built-on chain screen to protect soldiers' eyes from fragments of shell, rock, etc. during WWI; manufactured by E.J. Codd Co., Baltimore, MD, 1918. © LIFE/Google (link)

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