Allison Meier

Photograph by Horace Poolaw at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York

For five decades at the beginning of the 20th century, Horace Poolaw photographed a Kiowa community in flux.

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Rendering of the new US Embassy in London

Some politicians are concerned that the new initiative to build better-designed United States embassies isn’t just expensive, it’s putting employees in danger.

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Riot at the Astor Place Opera House, newspaper engraving

This week the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, announced that its Digital Image Collection is now under a Creative Commons Attribution–ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Post image for A Chaotic Compendium of the World’s Depravity

No matter where French photographer Antoine d’Agata travels, he finds the same festering vein of marginalized depravity.

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Post image for The Renaissance Anatomist Who Celebrated the Beauty of Flayed Flesh

When it was published in 1543, Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica changed anatomical study with its elegant illustrations of the interior of the human body.

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A Will for the Woods film

In the United States, funerals often seem to be at war with death’s decay. Rather than let our bodies decompose into the soil, we embalm and coat them in makeup, seal them in wood and metal caskets, lower them into waterproof vaults.

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Buenos Aires street art by Jaz

Through more than 300 images now posted online, you can explore the vibrant activism of Buenos Aires street art from your computer.

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Post image for Walking the Mysterious and Monumental Nazca Lines

Sandstorms shifting the terrain of southwest Peru recently revealed new Nazca Lines.

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In the 19th century, an Italian artist created an architectural alphabet in which letters are depicted as monumental structures.

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Post image for Unearthed Photographs from National Geographic’s Archive

The arresting images that have thrived on the pages of National Geographic since 1888 are just a fraction of the photographs taken for the magazine.

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