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Reads tagged with “photography”

The Art of Biophilia: Extraordinary Mosaics Incorporating Earth’s Most Colorful Creatures
The Art of Biophilia: Extraordinary Mosaics Incorporating Earth’s Most Colorful Creatures

A mesmerizing celebration of “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive.”

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Spineless: Susan Middleton’s Mesmerizing Photographs of Marine Invertebrates
Spineless: Susan Middleton’s Mesmerizing Photographs of Marine Invertebrates

Visual verses celebrating the glorious grandeur of life on our pale blue dot.

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North Brother Island: Haunting Photographs of the Last Unknown Place in New York City
North Brother Island: Haunting Photographs of the Last Unknown Place in New York City

An otherworldly portrait of the eternal dance between life and death, wilderness and civilization.

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A Decadent Decade of Design Matters: 10 Years of Intelligent and Inspiring Interviews with Creative Icons
A Decadent Decade of Design Matters: 10 Years of Intelligent and Inspiring Interviews with Creative Icons

Stimulating, ennobling, deeply human conversations with Maira Kalman, Seth Godin, Dani Shapiro, Malcolm Gladwell, Chris Ware, Shepard Fairey, and more.

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The Mirror and the Meme: A 600-Year History of the Selfie
The Mirror and the Meme: A 600-Year History of the Selfie

How glass, tin, and mercury converged on a Venetian island in the 15th century to fundamentally change the way we look at ourselves.

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Where Children Play: Photographs of Playgrounds Around the World
Where Children Play: Photographs of Playgrounds Around the World

From Bolivia to Bhutan, a visual ethnography of childhood experiences.

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The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning: The Extraordinary Edible Record of Two Women Explorers’ Journey to the End of the World
The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning: The Extraordinary Edible Record of Two Women Explorers’ Journey to the End of the World

“In Antarctica, everything is stripped down… It is only who you are and what you do that counts.”

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Stunning Cyanotypes of Sea Algae by the Self-Taught Victorian Botanist Anna Atkins, the First Woman Photographer and a Pioneer of Scientific Illustration
Stunning Cyanotypes of Sea Algae by the Self-Taught Victorian Botanist Anna Atkins, the First Woman Photographer and a Pioneer of Scientific Illustration

Beautiful blueness from a trailblazing woman in science.

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The Best Art, Design, and Photography Books of 2014
The Best Art, Design, and Photography Books of 2014

The world’s oldest living things, how to overcome creative block, meals from beloved books, the unusual stories behind people’s tattoos, and more.

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At Home with Themselves: Sage Sohier’s Moving Portraits of Same-Sex Couples in the 1980s
At Home with Themselves: Sage Sohier’s Moving Portraits of Same-Sex Couples in the 1980s

A tender, thoughtful lens on life and love in the margins.

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