The gallery that showed every World Press Photo Award winner since 1955 provided an interesting look into man’s history. We’ve gone through two World Wars, experienced several droughts and famines, and witnessed several political coups and assassinations; but it seems like humanity still has a lot to learn.
And what better way to learn than through history? I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying that says something about not letting history repeat itself.
In a way, that’s what the New York Times’ new blog is setting out to do: remind us of the past and the has beens, so that we can somehow see the error of our ways.
The blog is called “The Lively Morgue,” and will be updated with historical photos from the massive archives of the New York Times. An estimate on the sheer size of this collection is even beyond those behind the blog, who said:
How many? We don’t know. Our best guess is five million to six million prints and contact sheets (each sheet, of course, representing many discrete images) and 300,000 sacks of negatives, ranging in format size from 35 millimeter to 5 by 7 inches — at least 10 million frames in all. The picture archive also includes 13,500 DVDs, each storing about 4.7 gigabytes worth of imagery.
Now that’s a lot of images.