goes live

March 31, 2009
A view of front page. LIFE, the defunct US magazine, came back to life online on Tuesday as a website featuring photographs from its legendary and prize-winning collection.

LIFE, the defunct US magazine, came back to life online on Tuesday as a website featuring photographs from its legendary and prize-winning collection. is a joint venture between Time Inc., which owns the LIFE archives, and the Getty Images photo service. The website features from LIFE and new photos from Getty.

It is organized in galleries featuring classic LIFE on subjects such as World War II or the US space program alongside recent pictures, such as a series on Natasha Richardson, the actress who died recently as the result of a freak skiiing accident.

Talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres was brought in as a "guest editor" for the opening to help pick a series of "cutest dog" pictures.

Selected photos on the site are available for purchase.

Internet giant and Time have also announced plans to put the entire LIFE collection online at

The collection includes pictures from renowned photojournalists such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, Gordon Parks and W. Eugene Smith.

Time Inc., part of the Time Warner media empire, is the largest magazine publisher in the United States with more than 120 titles.

Getty Images was founded in 1995 and was purchased last year by Hellman & Friedman, a private equity firm, for 2.4 billion dollars.

Agence France-Presse has a content-sharing agreement with Getty, under which the US firm distributes digital photographs provided by the French news agency.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Getty Images in deal to distribute Flickr photos

Related Stories

Google introduces ads to Google News

February 26, 2009

Google has introduced ads to the results of search queries on Google News in a move aimed at turning the news aggregation site into a money-making venture that may raise the hackles of newspapers and other media outlets.

Computer savvy canines

November 28, 2007

Like us, our canine friends are able to form abstract concepts. Friederike Range and colleagues from the University of Vienna in Austria have shown for the first time that dogs can classify complex color photographs and ...

Flickr lets all users upload video snippets

March 2, 2009

Flickr on Monday began letting users of its free online photo-sharing service upload snippets of video to the website in a budding challenge to Google-owned YouTube.

Recommended for you

Making it easier to collaborate on code

October 26, 2016

Git is an open-source system with a polarizing reputation among programmers. It's a powerful tool to help developers track changes to code, but many view it as prohibitively difficult to use.

Dutch unveil giant vacuum to clean outside air

October 25, 2016

Dutch inventors Tuesday unveiled what they called the world's first giant outside air vacuum cleaner—a large purifying system intended to filter out toxic tiny particles from the atmosphere surrounding the machine.


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.