A new infographic describes the breakdown in terms of number of images owned by various social media outlets versus a major cultural institution.

The Library of Congress in the U.S. is the largest library in the world, with more than 147 million items on more than 838 miles of bookshelves. The Library of Congress wins in having the largest number of books, but it loses to social media sites like Instagram, Flickr and Facebook when it comes to having the most photos. The infographic below demonstrates the vast magnitude of photos found on Facebook in comparison to Flickr, Instagram and The Library of Congress.

What’s also interesting is that although the number of photos taken each year has exponentially increased – from 86 billion in 2000, to 360 billion in 2011. Furthermore, photos taken by analog cameras have dramatically declined since 2000. The number of print photos being developed was on-par with the number of digital photos taken. Until 2000 where the number of print photos dropped drastically to only 4 billion today.

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