Photo Essays

Post image for An Important Library of Congress Acquisition Helps People See the US Civil War in 3D

The Library of Congress has acquired 540 stereoscopes from Robin G. Stanford, an 87-year-old grandmother from Houston, Texas, who’s spent the past four decades doggedly collecting them.

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Post image for A Painting for Every Day of Obama’s Presidency

DETROIT — Entering the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit for Rob Pruitt’s new exhibition, the viewer is enticed immediately by a meticulous grid of President Obama–themed, patriotic-colored paintings.

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Post image for Soaking in the Materiality of the Vatican

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — For those who can’t travel to the Vatican, a photographic series by Massimo Listro offers a chance to wander imaginatively through its halls.

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Post image for The Iridescent Elegance of Victorian Mother-of-Pearl Book Bindings

For a few years in the 19th century, books bound in covers glistening with mother-of-pearl were a gift-giving sensation.

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Post image for Close Readings from a Cozy Art Fair

As part of the frenzy of Frieze Week, Zürcher Gallery is hosting Salon Zürcher, a more intimate fair featuring both emerging and established artists.

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Post image for Finding Your Way Through the Flux Art Fair

Mazes abound as a visual motif at the Flux Art Fair.

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Post image for Parsing the Collective Design Fair’s Peculiar Objects

Visiting Collective Design amid all of Frieze Week’s art fairs is doubly refreshing: it’s an unabashed celebration of beautiful objects and you can touch (almost) all of them.

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Post image for Look Before You Sit: At Frieze New York, the Seats Are All Sculptures

Frieze New York opens its doors to the public today, but already during yesterday’s press and VIP preview the aisles were crowded, the common areas and restaurants filled with worn-out fairgoers, and it seemed as if the only empty seats were sculptures.

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Post image for Living the Ruff Life in New York City

When photographer Erik Carter first moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in 2012, he noticed an unusual number of pit bulls in the area.

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Post image for Photographing the Universal Drama of the School Playground

Even if you don’t remember a lick of elementary school classwork, it’s likely the joys and terrors of the schoolyard linger.

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