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A library of images

In Photography on 28 Jan 2016 at 2:02 pm
library images

A very small portion of the images available, run very small.

Earlier this month, the New York Public Library made available 187,000 digital images from its archives – completely free from restrictions. That means you can use these gems on your Facebook page, website, blog or just to send to Aunt Greta because they are so danged cool.

I can’t possibly do justice to this treasure trove. You have to see for yourself. Navigating the website takes some getting used to – and make sure you check the box for public domain only if you want to use one. But it’s worth the effort. There are letters from presidents, posters from movies, book jackets, black and white images from the Depression … the images appear endless.

“These changes are intended to facilitate sharing, research and reuse by scholars, artists, educators, technologists, publishers, and Internet users of all kinds,” the library says in a statement.

One of the challenges of the digital age is figuring out what you can use to illustrate your stories. I have that problem each week with The Kicker. This is a big, big help for any digital publisher.



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