Thursday, September 18, 2014

1900s, Japan, Blind masseur - the vintage collection of National Geographic

Bill Bonner has seen hundreds of thousands of photographs during his 31 years as the archivist at National Geographic. In fact, he watches over some eight million images in the vintage collection.

A hand-tinted photograph from the early 1900s found in the vintage collection of National Geographic.

Bill works alone, in a cold windowless room in the basement of National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington. But even though he spends the days mostly by himself, he says he is kept company by the millions of people immortalized in the photographs. To him, they are his ancestors, and he treats each photo like it is the greatest treasure in the world.

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