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medicine

When Infants in Incubators Were a Sideshow Attraction

Archival photographs show the spectacle of babies who went on display, in an effort to save their lives.
September 27, 2018
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world war ii

Women Built London's Waterloo Bridge, But It Took These Photos to Prove It

Uncovering evidence of a long-forgotten history.
September 21, 2018
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trains

In 1900, Photographing an Entire Train Required the World’s Biggest Camera

With bellows big enough to stand in.
September 05, 2018
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landscapes

A Surreal, Pastel Perspective on the World's Largest Salt Flat

Dreamy images of Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni.
August 29, 2018
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photography

Zofia Rydet Spent the Last Decades of Her Life Trying to Photograph Every House in Poland

Inside an archive of more than 20,000 documentary images.
August 24, 2018
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design

When Local Roller Rinks Had Their Own Collectible Stickers

Distinctive designs from the "Golden Age" of roller-skating.
August 23, 2018
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manuscripts

The Secret Meanings Behind the Beasts in a Medieval Menagerie

In Middle Age Europe, animals were popular storytellers.
August 17, 2018
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design

The World's Newest, Most Gloriously Designed Maps

Cartographers, rejoice.
August 10, 2018
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photography

Sometimes, Gas Stations Are Beautiful

A new book captures their strange appeal.
August 09, 2018
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landmarks week

Famous Landmarks, Before They Were Finished

Revealing photos of works-in-progress.
July 24, 2018
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pigeons

For a Brief, Glorious Moment, Camera-Wielding Pigeons Spied From Above

In the early 20th century, Julius Neubronner turned his birds into photographers.
July 13, 2018
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archive

The Mystery Man Who Spent 20 Years Photographing North American Buildings

His name was Barry Gfeller, and he left behind an astonishing 50,000 previously unseen images.
July 06, 2018
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underwater

How a 19th-Century Biologist Became an Underwater Photography Pioneer

A deep dive into the "submarine landscapes" of Louis Boutan.
June 14, 2018
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christianity

An Island's Spiritual History, Documented in Haunting Photographs

Walking the trails to prayer on Japan’s Nozaki Island, once home to persecuted Christians.
June 11, 2018
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tradition

The Creatively Messy Work Tables of Italy's Skilled Artisans

Capturing the years of work it takes to master a craft.
May 18, 2018
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photography

Every City Has Its Secret Gardens

Step inside the hidden green spaces of cities around the world.
May 16, 2018
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models

Miniature Models of History's Most Famous Photographs

A pair of artists spent years recreating these iconic images in three dimensions.
May 11, 2018
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manuscripts

The Artful Imperfection of Medieval Manuscript Repair

Old parchment is full of creative fixes.
May 09, 2018
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storms

Photographing the Unbridled Power of a Supercell Storm

Nature at its most tempestuous.
May 01, 2018
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soviet history

A Photographer’s Journey Through the Former Spas of Soviet Georgia

Remnants of communist leisure in the shadow of war.
April 30, 2018
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typography

Celebrating Berlin's Typography, Before It Vanishes

A tour of the city's most striking signs.
April 25, 2018
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movies

The Modern Lives of Cuba's Old Movie Theaters

One photographer's four-year project to document the country's aging cinemas.
April 20, 2018
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salt

The Startling Colors and Abstract Shapes of Salt Ponds

Masterpieces from above.
April 18, 2018
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soviet history

The Overlooked Wonders of Soviet-Era Industrial Design

Space-themed vacuum cleaners, and more.
April 13, 2018