LIFE magazine is using machine learning to organize over 4 million images from the LIFE magazine archives into an interactive encyclopedia. LIFE magazine was published weekly between 1936 and 1972 and monthly from 1978 to 2000, safely making it the most popular photojournalism magazine in the United States.

This iconic magazine was brought back to life with LIFE Tags. Millions of images were automatically indexed into a catalog format based on thousands of labels – LIFE Tags. Google’s Image Content-based Annotation (ICA) algorithm was used to generate labels based on image pixels.

You can easily navigate the LIFE magazine photo archive by browsing through the image categories and labels. A new random layout is generated at each visit, with a various choice of key images and titles. All labels have been automatically linked with their WIKIPEDIA definition to provide additional context. It is almost like walking through a museum – but a different one each time you visit.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.