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Reads tagged with “photography”

The Invisibles: Moving Vintage Photos of LGBT Couples in the Early 20th Century
The Invisibles: Moving Vintage Photos of LGBT Couples in the Early 20th Century

Archival images — sometimes poignant, sometimes playful, invariably tender — of gay and lesbian couples privately celebrating their love in an era that denied it.

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Fictitious Dishes: Elegant and Imaginative Photographs of Meals from Famous Literature
Fictitious Dishes: Elegant and Imaginative Photographs of Meals from Famous Literature

From James Joyce to Maurice Sendak, by way of weep-worthy jelly and gifted chickens.

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The Public Library: A Photographic Love Letter to Humanity’s Greatest Sanctuary of Knowledge, Freedom, and Democracy
The Public Library: A Photographic Love Letter to Humanity’s Greatest Sanctuary of Knowledge, Freedom, and Democracy

“When a library is open, no matter its size or shape, democracy is open, too.”

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Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World with Their Favorite Things
Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World with Their Favorite Things

A visual catalog of the culturally-conditioned imagination.

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Much Loved: Portraits of Beloved Childhood Teddies
Much Loved: Portraits of Beloved Childhood Teddies

What a forty-something bear might know about the meaning of life.

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Perseverance, Self-Transcendence, and the “Slow Churn” of Creativity: A Conversation with Artist Rachel Sussman
Perseverance, Self-Transcendence, and the “Slow Churn” of Creativity: A Conversation with Artist Rachel Sussman

How deep time puts our fleeting human lives in perspective, what it takes to persist, and why any meaningful creative endeavor requires sacrifice.

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The World’s Oldest Living Things: A Decade-Long Photographic Masterpiece at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Philosophy
The World’s Oldest Living Things: A Decade-Long Photographic Masterpiece at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Philosophy

What a 13,000-year-old eucalyptus tree reveals about the meaning of human life.

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The Presence of Absence: Jane Dorn’s Haunting Photographs of Abandoned Buildings in the South
The Presence of Absence: Jane Dorn’s Haunting Photographs of Abandoned Buildings in the South

A poignant reminder of our impermanence and the beauty of accepting life’s cycles of growth and decay.

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Narrowly Selective Transparency: Susan Sontag on Photography vs. the Other Arts
Narrowly Selective Transparency: Susan Sontag on Photography vs. the Other Arts

“While a painting or a prose description can never be other than a narrowly selective interpretation, a photograph can be treated as a narrowly selective transparency.”

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Stunning Photographs of the World’s Last Indigenous Tribes
Stunning Photographs of the World’s Last Indigenous Tribes

From Siberia to the Sahara, by way of face paint, mud masks, and eagle-hunting.

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