The public will get free internet access to some of the world?s most famous photographs as a result of a tie-up between two of America?s largest photographic houses.

The International Center of Photography has joined forces with George Eastman House in a project that is expected to put around 200,000 images on the internet when it is completed in the autumn of next year.

The project will see iconic images displayed alongside pictures that have rarely been seen in public, in a freely accessible database which will effectively serve as an online photography museum.

The photography collection at George Eastman House ? which is based in Rochester, New York – is known to include more than 400,000 photographs and negatives dating from the origins of photography, including work by early British and French photographers. It also boasts one of the largest collections of daguerreotypes in the world and work by legends such as Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen.

Based in New York City the International Center of Photography holds a collection of more than 100,000 pictures including European and American reportage from the 1930s to the 1960s. The archive includes works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Weegee and Elliott Erwitt.

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