LIFE photo archive

01.12.09

“Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.” I found these powerful images from the Civil War and World War I. You may recognize this first image which was appropriated by Carrie Mae Weems as part of her installation From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995.

Rear view of former slave revealing scars on his back from savage whipping, in photo taken after he escaped to become Union soldier during Civil War, 1863

Rear view of former slave revealing scars on his back from savage whipping, in photo taken after he escaped to become Union soldier during Civil War, 1863

Man sitting down near cart full of skeletal remains of soldiers as black laborers dig graves in background on Civil War battlefield. Cold Harbor, VA, April 1865 Photographer: John Reekie

Man sitting down near cart full of skeletal remains of soldiers as black laborers dig graves in background on Civil War battlefield. Cold Harbor, VA, April 1865 Photographer: John Reekie

Mustachioed man wearing steel helmet w. built-on chain screen to protect soldiers' eyes from fragments of shell, rock, etc. during WWI; manufactured by E.J. Codd Co., Baltimore, MD, 1918

Mustachioed man wearing steel helmet w. built-on chain screen to protect soldiers' eyes from fragments of shell, rock, etc. during WWI; manufactured by E.J. Codd Co., Baltimore, MD, 1918

Bloodstained coat worn by Yugoslav Archduke Franz Ferdinand when he was slain by Gavrilo Prinzip in 1914, assassination triggering World War I, 1914

Bloodstained coat worn by Yugoslav Archduke Franz Ferdinand when he was slain by Gavrilo Prinzip in 1914, assassination triggering World War I, 1914

Thanks to iheartphotograph.com for the great tip!

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