Photo Essays

Post image for The Evolution of the Watermelon, Captured in Still Lifes

The watermelons of our summers are not the watermelons of yesteryear, as demonstrated by a 17th-century painting by Italian artist Giovanni Stanchi.

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Post image for Germans Posing with Polar Bears in Vintage Photos

Try not to crack a smile at the sight of a polar bear crashing human picnics, photo-bombing social soirées, and seemingly just trying to fit in.

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Post image for Melancholy Tintypes of an Abandoned Amusement Park

Nothing says summer like a day at an amusement park, but few kids would comfortably venture into the abandoned fun land captured by Rob Ball in his series Dreamlands.

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Post image for Capturing the Moments Between Bullets and Bombs

Like many accomplished photojournalists, James Hill’s work exists in a blurred space between reportage and fine art.

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Post image for UK Artist Parodies Trolling with Snail “Hate” Mail

Nearly half of all internet users have found themselves targeted by trolls.

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Post image for The Vanishing, Painted Bus Stops of Belarus

We tend to think of bus stops as utilitarian pieces of public infrastructure, but in the eastern European country of Belarus, they’re works of art.

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Post image for A Look at the Suffrage Movement With the UK’s First Female Photojournalist

In 2009, a striking collection of some 2,000 black-and-white photographs went up for auction at Sotheby’s, but unfortunately it failed to sell.

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Post image for A Brazilian Nanny’s Journey North to Find Her Family

It’s never easy leaving home, but for many northern Brazilians who seek work in the country’s wealthier south, doing so can mean never seeing their loved ones again.

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Post image for Snapshots of 20th-Century Artists Living Life

There’s something delightful about seeing famous artists in settings completely unrelated to their art.

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Post image for A Photographer Visits the Contemporary Landscape of Thomas Cole’s “The Oxbow”

“[American scenery] has its own peculiar charm — a something not found elsewhere,” the 19th century painter Thomas Cole once wrote.

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