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Reads tagged with “photography”

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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A Typographic Tour of New York City at Night
A Typographic Tour of New York City at Night

“No other city in the world stages dusk to dawn like New York City.”

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The Best History Books of 2012
The Best History Books of 2012

From Mark Twain’s diary to the visual history of evolution, by way of Vonnegut, Sontag, and Klimt.

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Andrew Zuckerman’s Extraordinary Portraits of Flowers
Andrew Zuckerman’s Extraordinary Portraits of Flowers

Blossoms like you’ve never seen them before.

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100 Ideas That Changed Photography
100 Ideas That Changed Photography

From the camera obscura to the iPhone, or why photography is an art of continuous reinvention.

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The Pale Blue Dot: A Timeless Valentine to the Cosmos
The Pale Blue Dot: A Timeless Valentine to the Cosmos

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.”

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More Than Human: Tim Flach’s Striking Portraits of Animals
More Than Human: Tim Flach’s Striking Portraits of Animals

Sentient beings like you’ve never seen them before.

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Berenice Abbott’s Stunning Vintage Black-and-White Photographs of Scientific Phenomena
Berenice Abbott’s Stunning Vintage Black-and-White Photographs of Scientific Phenomena

The abstract beauty of science, made dramatically visible.

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Changing New York: Berenice Abbott’s Stunning Black-and-White Photos from the 1930s
Changing New York: Berenice Abbott’s Stunning Black-and-White Photos from the 1930s

A breathtaking time-capsule of this ageless, ever-changing city.

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Faking It: A Visual History of 150 Years of Image Manipulation Before Photoshop
Faking It: A Visual History of 150 Years of Image Manipulation Before Photoshop

Two-headed daguerreotypes, Dadaist photomontages, and how the subversion of optical reality got its start.

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