National Geographic Gives Rare Peek Into Vintage Collection

Top archivist says collection contains "pictures of people like us."


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Since he personally oversees the archiving of over eight million images, William Bonner is a very important person within the National Geographic organization. This week, Nat Geo introduced him to the YouTube public and gave the world a peek into an unrivaled treasure trove of imagery that spans the history of the captured image.

In the video, Bonner says that the collection as a whole encompasses more than 11 million images. His vintage portion is the largest chunk, made up of " of the largest collections of autochromes that exist in the world." In fact, it includes almost half a million black and white prints.

"We have pictures from the 1870s, we have hand-tinted black-and-white prints," Bonner adds. "I think we have a lot of masterpieces here."

But why take our word for it? Feast your eyeballs on the video itself for a peek into this breathtaking collection:

Video via: Petapixel