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

A deep dive into the "submarine landscapes" of Louis Boutan.
June 14, 2018
An Island's Spiritual History, Documented in Haunting Photographs
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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
The Creatively Messy Work Tables of Italy's Skilled Artisans
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The Creatively Messy Work Tables of Italy's Skilled Artisans

Capturing the years of work it takes to master a craft.
May 18, 2018
Every City Has Its Secret Gardens
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Every City Has Its Secret Gardens

Step inside the hidden green spaces of cities around the world.
May 16, 2018
Miniature Models of History's Most Famous Photographs
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Miniature Models of History's Most Famous Photographs

A pair of artists spent years recreating these iconic images in three dimensions.
May 11, 2018
The Artful Imperfection of Medieval Manuscript Repair
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The Artful Imperfection of Medieval Manuscript Repair

Old parchment is full of creative fixes.
May 09, 2018
Photographing the Unbridled Power of a Supercell Storm
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Photographing the Unbridled Power of a Supercell Storm

Nature at its most tempestuous.
May 01, 2018
A Photographer’s Journey Through the Former Spas of Soviet Georgia
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A Photographer’s Journey Through the Former Spas of Soviet Georgia

Remnants of communist leisure in the shadow of war.
April 30, 2018
Celebrating Berlin's Typography, Before It Vanishes
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Celebrating Berlin's Typography, Before It Vanishes

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