The Lively Morgue: New York Times Photography-Archive on Tumblr

Die New York Times bloggt seit neuestem ihr viele Millionen Bilder umfassendes Fotoarchiv „The Morgue“ auf Tumblr. Morgue heisst übersetzt Leichenhalle und der Ursprung des Namens liegt in der Zusammenlegung des Archivs mit dem Newsroom, wo das Fotoarchiv oft für Nachrufe gebraucht wurde.

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. When the Museum of Modern Art set out to exhibit the highlights of the Times archive in 1996, it dispatched four curators. They spent nine months poring over 3,000 subjects, working with two Times editors, one of whom spent a year on the project. In the end, they estimated that they’d seen only one-quarter of the total.

If we posted 10 new archival pictures every weekday on Tumblr, just from our print collection, we wouldn’t have the whole thing online until the year 3935.

The Lively Morgue (via Swiss Miss)