Inside Corbis’ Archives

Corbis Corporation licenses rights to photos and other types of visual media. Their archives are preserved underground in a Pittsburgh mine. Learn more about their archiving system after the break.

Photo via Corbis Images

Photos of celebrities, politicians, athletes and other famous personalities are housed in the Corbis preservation facility in a Pittsburgh mine called Iron Mountain. The maximum storage facility is deep underground, 220 ft. below ground level to be exact. Stored inside are millions of photos and negatives that are preserved in a climate and humidity controlled environment. Some of the photos stored deep in the facility are those of Marilyn Monroe’s and Albert Einstein’s among others. You have probably seen some of them, but others haven’t been viewed by the public eye.

Corbis got the extensive collection from public and private archives. A number of the negatives are decades old but are still in mint condition. However, there are also a number of negatives, plastic plates and glass plates that have been shattered and ruined over time.

The Corbis archive is a cave of history. The photos depict events of the past, but thanks to the negatives and plates, they will forever be preserved. This is where we see the advantage of film versus digital. When taking photos with a digital camera, the photographer can make a choice and delete the photos, editing the final outcome. Corbis hopes that the collection will survive for thousands of years. They provide a better access to the images since most of them are being scanned and added online to let the public view some of histories secrets and treasures.

Photos via Corbis Images

To know more about the archives, you can view the CBS video clip – Treasure Trove of Iconic Photos in Pa. Mine. Information for this article was taken from National Press Photographers Association.

written by jeanmendoza on 2011-12-09 in #lifestyle #bill-gates #photos #archives #archiving #corbis #iron-mountain

More Interesting Articles

  • Lomopedia: Graflex Crown Graphic

    written by cheeo on 2014-07-07 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Graflex Crown Graphic

    This episode of Lomopedia goes big with the classic Graflex Crown Graphic. Tour large-format territory with this camera and learn more about it after the break.

  • Photo Stories: Away With You by lomomowlem

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-06-18 in #world #lifestyle
    Photo Stories: Away With You by lomomowlem

    It is clear from the wild variety of photos in the website that Lomographers will do just about anything to get a good shot. Some swap rolls with friends overseas while others concoct unheard-of film soups. And then there are the masters of operations, the ones who spy and crouch their way to a share-worthy picture. This is one such story.

  • Lomography x Shutter Clothing: ‘Move in Town’ Competition

    written by lomographyfrance on 2014-10-21 in #competitions
    Lomography x Shutter Clothing: ‘Move in Town’ Competition

    Lomography and Shutter Clothing are launching a unique photo competition! The winning photo will be featured in the design of three limited edition T-shirts. Other prizes include 30 Piggies and 10 euros discount vouchers! Tempting, right? Get the competition details after the jump.

  • Shop News

    LomoKino Basic Package Services

    LomoKino Basic Package Services

    Process your LomoKino films the right way! Get scans, movie and negatives. This is the easiest way to turn those movie rolls into completed masterpieces! Check this service now!(Service availability depends on your markets)

  • RYU x RIO: World Cup 2014 on Kodak Aerochrome Film

    written by zonderbar on 2014-08-11 in #news
    RYU x RIO: World Cup 2014 on Kodak Aerochrome Film

    Weeks have passed and yet Germans are still celebrating the victory of their heroic football team. Shortly before the World Cup started, we took notice of an interesting photography project on Kickstarter. Berlin-based sports photographer Ryu Voelkel called for help to create a football photography book like no other. The campaign was successfully funded. Ryu made his way to Brazil and came back with amazing shots including some very special Kodak Aerochrome photographs. Meet Ryu and learn more about him and his special moments at the WC 2014.

    1
  • Print On Fabric Using The Power of Light: Lumi Products Now Available From Lomography

    written by tomas_bates on 2014-11-06 in #news
    Print On Fabric Using The Power of Light: Lumi Products Now Available From Lomography

    We are proud to announce that the Lomography shop now stocks Lumi products, which allow you to print your favorite analogue photos and all manner of other fantastic things on fabric using the power of light! In this article, we want to tell you a bit more about Lumi and the way this special printing process works.

    8
  • Sonia Goulvent Matches the New Petzval Lens with Expired B&W Film

    written by shibuya on 2014-10-08 in #people #lomoamigos
    Sonia Goulvent Matches the New Petzval Lens with Expired B&W Film

    Sonia pushed the Petzval lens test one step further by shooting with expired black and white film. The results are amazing, and the grain gave life to these beautiful Petzval portraits! Learn more about this photographer and her love for films, and catch a glimpse of her photos, taken in romantic Paris.

  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • Shooting in Soho with the Lomo'Instant Splitzer

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-04-17 in #gear #tipster
    Shooting in Soho with the Lomo'Instant Splitzer

    A recent lunchtime break turned into a big analogue adventure when I took the Lomo'Instant camera out with the Splitzer and captured a gloriously sunny day in the heart of Soho, London. I learned a couple of great tips about shooting with this new accessory. Read on to find out more.

  • A Talk With Bitbanger Labs: The Guys Behind the Pixelstick

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-07-01 in #people
    A Talk With Bitbanger Labs: The Guys Behind the Pixelstick

    Duncan Frazier and Stephen McGuigan are focused on creating niche technology that inspires. Founders of Bitbanger Labs, a Brooklyn-based outlet for their ideas, the two friends developed a revolutionary light painting device — Pixelstick. We talked to them to find out more about their work and about this unique and beautiful way to take photos!

  • 10 Coolest Places To Visit ... Underwater!

    written by shhquiet on 2014-07-10 in #lifestyle
    10 Coolest Places To Visit ... Underwater!

    Where are you headed to this summer? Where I'm from summer has ended too soon, so I'm still daydreaming of sand and seafoam. I decided to check out the archives for some cool beach-y snapshots and came across a lot of interesting underwater photos! Check out my finds after the jump; hopefully this list will inspire you to grab a Fisheye Sub or a Krab, along with your Fisheye cameras and LC-A+, for some underwater adventure.

    1
  • Shop News

    Fisheye No. 2 Gold

    Fisheye No. 2 Gold

    Snap dazzling 35mm fisheye shots at the push of a button with this shimmery blue lightweight beauty.

  • My Grandmother’s Life in Photos: From Canton to Borneo to the Fragrant Harbour

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2014-09-19 in #people #lifestyle
    My Grandmother’s Life in Photos: From Canton to Borneo to the Fragrant Harbour

    In this very special feature, Bard Wong of Ubud, Indonesia ,shares the story of his grandmother, who he lovingly calls his "Por Por." To make his tale even more interesting, Brad offers an inside peak into his grandmother's past with spectacular vintage photos taken in Canton and Borneo during the 1940s and 1950s.

    7
  • What Art Can Learn from the Banal

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-03-30 in #world #lifestyle
    What Art Can Learn from the Banal

    Stephen Shore introduced to the 70s art world an unadorned image of American life. He captured littered restaurant tables as other photographers would immaculate vistas. For the opening of “American Surfaces”, he even taped unframed snapshots on gallery walls. In these videos, Shore talks about objects that have “no pretention to art” and the things he learned from Andy Warhol.

    5
  • LomoAmigo Nükleer Başlıklı Kız and Their Underwater Photos

    written by nural on 2015-04-15 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo Nükleer Başlıklı Kız and Their Underwater Photos

    You may have noticed the new single from Nükleer Başlıklı Kız, "Beni Hatırla," playing on the radio and music channels. During their last vacation, they took the Fisheye No.2 Gold to record their memories in circular photos that enhance the soul of the sea and the sun. We talked with NBK about their new single, future plans, and adventures with the Fisheye camera.