Updated: Oct 30, 2018
This week, we're featuring a website Life: Incredible stories and treasured photographs from the LIFE archive.
For those of you who are into historical photography, especially photojournalism, this is the place for you. The website is a collection of articles and galleries focused on the photographic archives of the influential publication Life.
The galleries bring together historical photos. Some are from the same photoshoot and others are collections on a theme. For instance, the collection entitled "22 Women From History Who Were 'Firsts' in Their Fields" brings together portraits created over the course of the 20th century. This collection includes a 1911 portrait of Marie Curie to a 1981 portrait of Sandra Day O'Connor. Other collections focus on photographs taken by one photographer at a particular time like "For Barbra Streisand on Her Birthday: LIFE's Photos of Her Broadway Debut".
Some of the collections include previously unpublished photos from Life's archives like photos taken for a 1942 story about nurses "Unpublished Photos Capture the Lifesaving Role of Nurses in World War II" Some galleries are more fun than historical. "LIFE's Most Memorable Kisses" gave me a few "awwwww" moments.
The articles are newly written and provide a context to galleries of photos, adding the background and a story to the galleries.
Life magazine was a publication very much of the times and a reflection of 20th century society. The photo collections created for the magazine speak to us of the the times and how attitudes evolved. No matter what your historical interests, you'll probably find at least a few stories that will thrill you.
Article Written by Jennifer Mishra
Jennifer Mishra is an American travel photographer born in Colorado and based in the St. Louis metro area. She has a background in classical music and academia. She is the founder of PhotoYoga. Her photos are published at Wits End Photography or follow her on Facebook or Instagram.
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