Flickr Commons Celebrates Five Years of Publicizing Rare Photos


The Commons is an archiving project by photo sharing website Flickr which aims to increase public access to photography collections without known copyright restrictions. Since its launch in 2008, it has become a treasure trove of countless rare images provided by institutions like NASA, The Library of Congress, and more. Here are some of its most popular discoveries.

Cambridge, King’s College Library (Interior), 1865. Photo via Flickr Commons

“Since the Flickr Commons launched on January 16, 2008, more than 250,000 photographs with no known copyright restrictions have been contributed by 56 libraries, archives, and museums worldwide, with new images added each week. The pictures are guaranteed to lift your spirits, spark your curiosity, and otherwise make you look twice. The new galleries of favorites represent well the wide variety of subject matter and time periods as well as the inviting beauty of photography.”
Library of Congress

Photos via Flickr Commons

Any photography or history enthusiast can appreciate this initiative by Flickr as it opens a bewildering window of opportunity to see some never-before-seen images that could rival some of the most published and iconic photos.

Some of the most interesting uploads on Flickr Commons include an impressive 19th century photo of a Cambridge University library, a spectacular bird’s eye view of a fighter jet hovering over an island (2000), former US President Richard Nixon and the King of Rock & Roll Elvis Presley in the White House (1970), and this unassumingly adorable photo of a possum maneuvering a movie camera (1943).

Woman in a rowing boat, 1890. Photo via Flickr Commons

Another 19th century photo, above, clues us into the first Fisheye photo inclinations ever taken! These are some truly remarkable images that would not have been seen if not for the aggregation and dissemination by Flickr Commons. Whether for research purposes or just for inspiration, this is a commendable initiative worth noting and seeing.

Happy 5th birthday, Flickr Commons! Head on over to the site to discover more publicly-held photos and add any valuable information you may know about them.

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written by denisesanjose on 2013-01-22 #news #black-and-white #vintage #iconic #analogue-photography #rare #news #flickr #elvis-presley #flickr-commons #the-library-of-congress #richard-nixon

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