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Some of the most iconic images of the 20th Century are among millions of photos which are to be hosted online from today by Google.


Archive footage of the assassination of JFK and Nazi-era Germany are among more than 10 million photos to be made available in the coming months.


The images come from the complete photo archive of the legendary, but now defunct Life magazine, a subsidiary of Time Inc.


Around 97% of the photographs have never been seen by the public.


They will be available on a new hosted service from the Internet search giant at images.google.com/hosted/life.


The images can be found by a web search on Google.com or through the Google Image Search function.


The collection includes pictures from renowned photojournalists such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, Gordon Parks and W. Eugene Smith.


The LIFE photo archive also includes the Zapruder film of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, The Mansell Collection from London and Hugo Jaeger's pictures of Nazi-era Germany from 1937-1944.


Life president Andy Blau praised the "the incredible depth and breadth of the Life Photo Archive, from serious world events, to Hollywood celebrities to whimsical photographs."


R.J. Pittman, director of product management at Google, said: "Bringing millions of never-before-seen offline images online aligns with Google's mission to organise all the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."


Time said the photos are available for free for personal and research purposes. The copyright and ownership of all images remains with Time.




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