Over the course of the 20th Century, the Iconic American news publication, The New York Times, has shared countless profound, compelling, and memorable images from around the world, each highlighted by the equally thought-provoking editorials that accompanied each still daily.
As you would suspect, thanks in part to the publication’s longevity and the demands of the daily distribution, The New York Times has an enormous photo vault, chalk-filled with history seemingly bursting through the halls in which the stills, prints and negatives reside. In fact, “The Morgue,” the NYT’s name for their extensive image archive, contains an estimated five to six million prints and contact sheets, 300,000 sacks of negatives, and over 13,500 DVD’s worth of imagery.
Recently, The Times took on an intriguing initiative with the intent to breathe some life into the forgotten images contained within their photo archive, launching a Tumblr strictly devoted to the very notion of re-visting historical photographers through weekly posts, nicknaming their new platform “The Lively Morgue.”
In recollection of the NYT’s new undertaking, Tumblr has granted us a rare look inside the historic image vault, revealing insights into “The Morgue’s” origin, history and current state of affairs – take a look: