National Geographic’s vintage archivist, Bill Bonner, is responsible for almost eight million graphic images. In order to spend day in and day out managing illustrations, chromes and images, it goes without saying that you must love what you do.
Last week, National Geographic published a short 5 minute documentary on their archivist and allowing us a glimpse inside their photo archive. Interestingly, Bill says that most of the images under his care have never been published.
Walking through this vast treasure trove of history, white-gloved and with delicate care, this job is a living time machine. You’ll be hard pressed to find another gathering of incredible images of all styles and purposes in one place anywhere. The images housed may not be iconic images, but as Bill states, “they are pictures of people like us.”
Bill states he has laid eyes on every image under his care. An incredible accomplishment to
be sure. Add to this fact that Bill’s love for what he does continues to grow! With about 12,000 illustrations, the largest collection of auto-chromes that exist and nearly a half-million black and white prints, photographs from the 1870’s and hand-tinted black and white prints, this collection is beyond amazing!
In viewing the images you you won’t find old pictures, but as the Archivist states, you’ll find masterpieces.
Check out the full documentary below:
[via National Geographic]