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Reads tagged with “photography”

The Love Letters of Pioneering Victorian Photojournalist Fannie Benjamin Johnston
The Love Letters of Pioneering Victorian Photojournalist Fannie Benjamin Johnston

“If I have been proud of you and your work and put you on a pedestal, as you say, please let me keep you there, for you deserve it surely and that is my way of loving.”

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This Is Mars: Mesmerizing Ultra-High-Resolution NASA Photos at the Intersection of Art and Science
This Is Mars: Mesmerizing Ultra-High-Resolution NASA Photos at the Intersection of Art and Science

Unprecedented look at the ever-enchanting Red Planet, at once more palpable and more mysterious than ever.

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Aesthetic Consumerism and the Violence of Photography: What Susan Sontag Teaches Us about Visual Culture and the Social Web
Aesthetic Consumerism and the Violence of Photography: What Susan Sontag Teaches Us about Visual Culture and the Social Web

“Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted.”

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It’s Only Music: Alfred Wertheimer’s Never-Before-Seen Photos of Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll
It’s Only Music: Alfred Wertheimer’s Never-Before-Seen Photos of Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll

The visual history of a shy boy in Memphis who came to rule the world and break a billion hearts.

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Gorgeous Black-and-White Vintage Photos of Early NASA Facilities
Gorgeous Black-and-White Vintage Photos of Early NASA Facilities

From the wind tunnels the made commercial aviation possible to the analog machines that preceded the computer, a visual history of the spirit of innovation presently unworthy of the government’s dollar.

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The Story Behind the Iconic “Migrant Mother” Photograph and How Dorothea Lange Almost Didn’t Take It
The Story Behind the Iconic “Migrant Mother” Photograph and How Dorothea Lange Almost Didn’t Take It

How a serendipitous hand-lettered sign changed the history of photojournalism.

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Humans of New York: A Vibrant Photographic Census of Diversity and Dignity
Humans of New York: A Vibrant Photographic Census of Diversity and Dignity

There is something especially magical about framing these moments of stillness and of absolute attention to the individual amidst this bustling city of millions, a city that never sleeps and never stops.

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The Art of NASA: Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Norman Rockwell, and Other Icons Celebrate 50 Years of Space Exploration
The Art of NASA: Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Norman Rockwell, and Other Icons Celebrate 50 Years of Space Exploration

Celebrated artists translate NASA’s mission “to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown” into stunning images.

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Faces of Justice: Mariana Cook’s Portraits of Human Rights Leaders
Faces of Justice: Mariana Cook’s Portraits of Human Rights Leaders

“Peering through the camera lens, I hoped to gain an understanding of how they become so devoted to the rights and dignity of others.”

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The History of Photography, Animated
The History of Photography, Animated

From ancient witchcraft to the camera obscura to the iPhone, or why Victorians always looked stern.

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