LIFE photo archive hosted by Google - Help

In partnering with LIFE, Google brings a collection of historic, cultural, scientific, and artistic images to its image search. Some of the images have been digitized from prints or slides and put online for the first time.

Images from the LIFE photo archive collection are blended with other images from the web when you search on Google Images. These photographs display "LIFE" in green text below image search results, where the source site for an image typically goes. When you click on one of these results, you will be taken to a special landing page containing the image and details about the image.

Please express any questions, feedback, or requests you may have using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Frequently asked questions

How many images are in the LIFE photo archive?
This collection of images currently represents over 2 million photographs. The size of the archive will continue to increase as more images are scanned.

When using Google Images, is there a way to search for only results from LIFE photo archive?
Yes. Add "source:life" to any Google image search and search only the LIFE photo archive. For example, computer source:life. These high-quality images are blended into your results when searching on Google and Google Images, and will be ranked based on relevance to your search term. We don't give any special treatment to partner images with respect to ranking on Google Images.

What can I do with the images I find from the LIFE photo archive?
You can browse and view the images you find, rate them, and see detailed information about the photographs. There is also a link to buy image merchandise provided by LIFE.

Why can't I rate an image?
To rate images, you need to be signed in with a Google Account. If you don't have a Google Account, please take a minute and sign up for free. If you already have a Google Account, you can sign in by clicking on the "Sign in" link in the upper right corner of a Google Images page.

Did LIFE pay to include their photo archive in Google Images?
No. Google does not accept payment for inclusion in its image search. Google Images's goal is to provide users fast, reliable access to high quality images and to deliver more exposure to high quality images from all content providers.

I found an error with an image or its description. Whom should I notify?
Please report any quality issues, inaccurate listings, bugs, or general feedback about the LIFE photo archive using the contact form below.

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Reason for contacting support:
Inappropriate image content
Poor image quality
Inaccurate or missing descriptive information
Suggestion / product feedback


Although we may not be able to respond personally to your email, we read all of the mail we receive and take every suggestion into account. Thank you for taking the time to help us improve the LIFE photo archive hosted by Google.