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The Modern Lives of Cuba's Old Movie Theaters
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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
The Startling Colors and Abstract Shapes of Salt Ponds
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The Startling Colors and Abstract Shapes of Salt Ponds

Masterpieces from above.
April 18, 2018
The Overlooked Wonders of Soviet-Era Industrial Design
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The Overlooked Wonders of Soviet-Era Industrial Design

Space-themed vacuum cleaners, and more.
April 13, 2018
New York City's Pigeons, Like You've Never Seen Them Before
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New York City's Pigeons, Like You've Never Seen Them Before

They're ready for their close-up.
April 10, 2018
Enchanting Illustrations Carved From Old Books
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Enchanting Illustrations Carved From Old Books

Open the covers to a world of holloways, moonlit leaves, and forest creatures.
April 06, 2018
30,000 Hidden Images Reveal the World of a Soviet-Era Photographer
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30,000 Hidden Images Reveal the World of a Soviet-Era Photographer

The secret trove of film and negatives, stashed in a Russian attic.
April 02, 2018
A Last Look at Ireland's Disappearing Storefronts
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A Last Look at Ireland's Disappearing Storefronts

Photographing the colors and typography of traditional Irish shops.
March 29, 2018
Exploring Iceland's Beautiful, Desolate Westfjords
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Exploring Iceland's Beautiful, Desolate Westfjords

Abandoned homes in dramatic landscapes.
March 23, 2018
Photographing a Stormy Sea in All Its Mythic Glory
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Photographing a Stormy Sea in All Its Mythic Glory

Relentlessly imposing waves.
March 21, 2018
12 Otherworldly Landscapes From the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
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12 Otherworldly Landscapes From the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Beautifully surreal images.
March 16, 2018
Decoding the Design History of Your Coffee Cup Lid
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Decoding the Design History of Your Coffee Cup Lid

It's a modern marvel.
March 13, 2018
The Libraries That Preserve the History of Small Islands
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The Libraries That Preserve the History of Small Islands

Tiny islands, great archives.
March 09, 2018
Diving Into Estonia's Abandoned Underwater Prison
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Diving Into Estonia's Abandoned Underwater Prison

A former Soviet labor camp is now partially flooded, like an island in the middle of a lake.
March 07, 2018
How Photographs Printed on Paper Changed 19th-Century America
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How Photographs Printed on Paper Changed 19th-Century America

Shareable images have always had an impact.
March 02, 2018
The Art of Chinese Propaganda Posters
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The Art of Chinese Propaganda Posters

A glimpse inside the collection of Shaomin Li, artist and dissident.
February 23, 2018
One Artist's Mission to Illustrate All the World's Mythical Beasts
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One Artist's Mission to Illustrate All the World's Mythical Beasts

Squonks, Lindworms, Dijiangs, and more.
February 21, 2018
Rediscovering the Blazingly Bright Colors of Ancient Sculptures
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Rediscovering the Blazingly Bright Colors of Ancient Sculptures

And why most of us grew up believing classical sculpture is white.
February 14, 2018
Unseen 1960s Photos of London's East End
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Unseen 1960s Photos of London's East End

A hidden archive of glorious Kodachrome, rediscovered.
February 12, 2018
Finding the Beauty in Nordic Ruins
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Finding the Beauty in Nordic Ruins

Stark, wintry photographs of Northern Europe’s abandoned buildings.
February 07, 2018
Charting the Geography of Classic Literature
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Charting the Geography of Classic Literature

A new exhibit focuses on maps of fictional worlds.
January 31, 2018
How Photographers Captured the Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII
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How Photographers Captured the Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII

A new exhibition examines a dark history.
January 26, 2018
The Painstaking Process Behind Those Wild WWI Naval Paint Jobs
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The Painstaking Process Behind Those Wild WWI Naval Paint Jobs

"Dazzle" paint was first tested on tiny model ships.
January 19, 2018
The Intricate Craft of Using Human Hair for Jewelry, Art, and Decoration
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The Intricate Craft of Using Human Hair for Jewelry, Art, and Decoration

Your guide to the four techniques of hair work.
January 12, 2018
The Secret Paths That Led Ireland’s Catholics to Forbidden Mass
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The Secret Paths That Led Ireland’s Catholics to Forbidden Mass

Passages to salvation from a time of persecution.
January 10, 2018