Post image for Cats, Cans, and More Curiosities from Toy Camera History

The colorful history of toy cameras, those affordable film cameras in plastic boxes, is being celebrated in a new book.

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Post image for Japanese-Paraguayan Photographer Searches for a Homeland

Leaving one’s country to make a new life in another can be an isolating experience, but growing up as the child or grandchild of an immigrant can also be lonely in its own way. Photographer Ricardo Nagaoka knows this firsthand.

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Post image for A Tale of Motherhood in Julie Blackmon’s Playful Photographs

Fifteen years ago, photographer Julie Blackmon was exploring the basement of her Springfield, Missouri, home when she discovered an old dark room.

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Post image for An Excursion to the Past as You’ve Never Imagined It

With a mission to show that the past wasn’t always as we now envision it to be, Chris Wild’s Retronaut has been compiling curiosities of vintage photography and other archives online.

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Fifty Shrinks by Sebastian Zimmermann

“In contrast to other medical specialists’ offices with their practical equipment of examining tables and rolling tools, the therapist’s work space has few obvious demands beyond seating for clinician and patient,” psychiatrist and photographer Sebastian Zimmermann writes in an introduction to Fifty Shrinks.

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Photo Essays

Mundane Horror in Abandoned Stasi Spaces

by Allison Meier on September 23, 2014

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As we creep up on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (November 9, 1989), some of the remains of the oppressive Ministry for State Security, aka the Stasi, remain as if in their own time capsule.

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Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography by William A. Ewing

There’s never been much of a unified scene when it comes to capturing landscapes in art, but maybe more even than before artists are very experimental with how to show a stretch of space.

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Unsettling Psychic Photography from the 1930s

by Allison Meier on September 18, 2014

Psychic Photography From A New Angle lantern slides

On May 15, 1934, a man named Mr. C.P. MacCarthy of Sheffield sent a letter confirming a meeting where he would “demonstrate under test conditions Fake Psychic Photography.”

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Post image for Meeting the Artists Along the US–Mexico Border

For the past six years, German photographer Stefan Falke has been traveling the 2,000-mile-long border between the US and Mexico, meeting local artists and taking their pictures.

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Post image for Library of Congress Photographs Mapped into an Interactive Atlas of the Great Depression

The Library of Congress has an incredible digitized archive of Depression-era photographs, taken between 1935 and 1945 on behalf of the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information.

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