Out of the ashes of the magazine/entire world meltdown arises Life.com, which is awesome.  If this is the future, count me in.

The site, a collaboration between Time Inc. and Getty Images, pairs “both companies’ expansive photo collections to create the most comprehensive photo experience available online. The curated site features both rarely seen and iconic photos from the 1850s through today. The photos are presented with descriptions and categorizations to give users an in-depth photo viewing experience, where they can not only view, but also rate, share and link to images in this expansive collection.

“Whatever you want to look at, whether it happened an hour ago, a century ago, or any time in between, you’ll be able to find it quickly, easily, and for free. LIFE.com’s mission is to allow you to explore your world through the world’s greatest images,” said Andrew Blau, CEO of LIFE.com.

“Getty Images is always looking for ways to advance imagery and make it even more accessible,” said Jonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images. “By combining the two best known brands in photography – the classic and seldom-seen photos from LIFE with Getty Images’ award-winning photography – we have created an unsurpassed online photo experience for consumers.”

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