photography

Post image for The Relics of Victorian Natural History in Eye-Popping Stereoscope

Natural history storerooms are a bit like drowned Noah’s Arks, with specimens from every realm of the animal world posthumously preserved.

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Post image for The Photographers of 1870s London Who Documented Their Disappearing City

The idea of capturing something in photography before it disappears dates back almost to the dawn of the medium.

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Post image for From Fluxus to Selfies, Photographs that Blur the Performative and the Real

LONDON — Five figures stand cocooned in the radiating steel cables of the Brooklyn Bridge — four of them are naked and covered in painted spots, hanging out beneath a banner that reads “SELF-OBLITERATION.”

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Post image for A Photographer Who Captured Workers Without Romanticizing Them

PARIS — Poignancy pervades A Working Eye, the first comprehensive retrospective of François Kollar’s Constructivist-style photography that, through nuanced grays and deep blacks, dramatized French workers’ empowerment.

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Post image for Photographing the Acceleration of Modernity Through a Privileged Lens

PITTSBURGH — The work of Jacques Henri Lartigue melds today’s concepts of the autobiographical with street, fine art, action, and fashion photography.

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Post image for An Interactive Map of a Midcentury Botanist’s Amazonian Trips

Richard Evans Schultes took peyote with the Kiowa in Oklahoma in the 1930s, was the first scientist invited to a hallucinogenic yagé ceremony in the Amazon’s Sibundoy Valley in the 1940s, and inadvertently helped launch the psychedelic era of the 1960s.

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Post image for A Photographic Survey of Africa’s Enduring Masquerade Traditions

From initiation rites to harvest festivals, many traditional African rituals require participants to don masks and elaborate costumes that transform their wearers into spirits, beasts, or ancestral beings.

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Post image for Scarred Rejects from the Farm Security Administration’s Great Depression Photos

Spend some time browsing the 145,000 negatives at the Library of Congress from the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and an odd pattern will emerge.

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Post image for A Photographer Who Worked Through the Rise and Fall of Nazi Germany Has Her US Debut

Elisabeth Hase documented Germany’s transition from the Weimar Republic to the Third Reich and its postwar devastation.

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Post image for The Radioactive Ruins of the Cold War’s Secret Cities

When Nadav Kander, an Israeli-born, London-based photographer who is interested in the “aesthetics of destruction,” learned of these secret cities, he traveled to eastern Kazakstan to document their ruins.

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