The LIFE Picture collection,
a visual chronicle of the 19th and 20th century.

“The LIFE Picture Collection is an exceptional photographic archive of monumental events and intimate moments from the 19th and 20th centuries. We are thrilled to bring this collection exclusively to Shutterstock.”
—Jill Golden, Director, The LIFE Picture Collection


Three centuries worth of political, global, and social events.

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Explore LIFE through the years.


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Iconic images spanning fashion, entertainment, science, and more.


Entertainment & Fashion

Snippets of timeless fashion, plus movie and music icons.


Human Interest & Politics

Explore the most influential cultural movements, moments, and individuals of the 20th century.


Conflict & War

View images of history’s most combative time, and how society was shaped by conflict.


Arts & Science

With great change comes great artistic and scientific advancements. Browse photos of the biggest influencers and their achievements.


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Access the most prestigious photography archive.

Discover the most celebrated LIFE photographers.

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LIFE Through the Lens

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