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Reads tagged with “photography”

The Smiley Book of Colors
The Smiley Book of Colors

The basics of optimism and color theory, with a nod to neuroscience.

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Glorious Vintage Photos of Early Australian Bike Culture from the Beginning of the 20th Century
Glorious Vintage Photos of Early Australian Bike Culture from the Beginning of the 20th Century

What a handlebar koala has to do with skipping 1000 miles from Melbourne to Adelaide.

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Lost in Learning: Celebrating the Art and Spirit of Discovery
Lost in Learning: Celebrating the Art and Spirit of Discovery

What Galileo has to do with Columbus, The Library of Congress, and rediscovering the great purpose of art.

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Architecture Without Architects: What Ancient Structures Reveal About Collaborative Design
Architecture Without Architects: What Ancient Structures Reveal About Collaborative Design

From Rome’s theater districts to China’s underground cities, or what pleasure has to do with utility.

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The Hidden Beauty of Pollination
The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

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The Dawn of the Color Photograph: Albert Kahn’s Catalog of Humanity
The Dawn of the Color Photograph: Albert Kahn’s Catalog of Humanity

How an early-twentieth-century French banker shaped your favorite Instagram filters.

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All the Time in the World
All the Time in the World

What a charred ancient tree can teach us about impermanence, deep time, and our place in the universe.

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Pasta by Design: Finding Whimsy in the Geometry of Food
Pasta by Design: Finding Whimsy in the Geometry of Food

Phylogeny of the pantry, or what architecture has to do with anellini.

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Pedaling Progress: The Dutch Queen Juliana Riding a Bike, 1967
Pedaling Progress: The Dutch Queen Juliana Riding a Bike, 1967

The pursuit of national happiness on two wheels.

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Bike Art: Bicycles in Art Around the World
Bike Art: Bicycles in Art Around the World

A two-wheel canvas for creativity, or what pedals have to do with pedestals.

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