Rare Photos That Captured Incredible Moments from History

Sometimes, one simple picture can tell you more about history than any story you might read or any document you might analyze. These photographs all tell stories about the historical figures or events that they represent. Once taken simply to document their present, they now help us witness the past.

Carving eye on Mount Rushmore, 1930s.
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Many photographs only become iconic shots years later, once we understand their importance and historical context. From historical landmarks and famous people to the basic daily routines of the past, these pictures portray the past in a way that we can empathize with and understand more intimately. Continue »

This Wedding Photographer Turns You Into A Miniature Person

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In Thailand, there’s a wedding photography business that’s attracting quite a bit of attention. It’s called คนตัวเล็ก, which literally translates to “Small Person.” The photographer’s specialty is making couples look like miniature figures living in a giant world. Each of the photographer’s pictures is a composite. After photographing the clients, the couple is cut out of their background and inserted into a small scale scene. A tilt-shift effect is then added to the photo to mimic the shallow depth of field look you get with macro photos. Continue »

2016 Audubon Photography Awards

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Grand Prize Winner. Bald eagle and Great blue herons in Seabeck, Wash. (Photo by Bonnie Block/Audubon Photography Awards) Continue »

Fascinating Vintage Photos Of Playboy Playmates Posing With Classic Cars

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A Playmate is a female model featured in the centerfold/gatefold of Playboy magazine as Playmate of the Month. Playboy encourages potential Playmates to send photos with “girl next door” appeal for consideration; others may submit photos of Playmate candidates, and may be eligible for a finder’s fee if their model is selected. In addition, “casting calls” are held regularly in major US cities to offer opportunities for women to test for Playboy. Take alook at fascinating vintage portraits of Playboy Playmates posing with beautiful classic cars from between the mid-1960s and 1970s. Here: Jo Collins – Playmate of the year 1965 Continue »

Photographer Capture’s Kawau Birds Perched On Electric Wires In Tokyo

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The Kawau are large seabirds, not unlike seagulls, that were pushed to the brink of extinction in Japan in the 1970s due to pollution. But in recent years they’ve come back – with a vengeance. Estimates now put the population of Kawau in Japan at as many as 150,000 and last year they were responsible for over 10 billion yen (about $100 million) in damages to the fishing industry because of their voracious appetite for eel and ayu (sweetfish). Continue »

Bodies We Want 2016: This Is What Top Athletes Look Like Underneath It All

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Image courtesy of ESPN

The 2016 ESPN Body Issue features all of your favorite athletes stripped down to nothing (well, in some cases just a baseball glove!), ready to bare all to the world. Their dedication and drive shows in their incredibly strong bodies. We are happy to celebrate each and every one of them! Share this list with everyone to celebrate strength and perseverance! Continue »

Hungarian Photographer Took Pictures Of Rome And Converted Them Into Surreal Infrared Landscapes

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According to photographer Milán Rácmolnár: “I converted my old Nikon D3200 to an infrared camera so I could capture the city of Rome in a different perspective. In this way I was able to give the series a somewhat peculiar look.” Continue »

Macro Photos Of Entire Cityscapes Captured Within A Single Drop Of Rainwater

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Blue Mosque – Istanbul

Photographer Dusan Stojancevic depicts metropolises contained within tiny droplets of rainwater. For the past 15 years, he has revealed minuscule cityscapes that hide in the beads of liquid. Towering buildings, expansive bridges, and glittering lights are reflected in the tiny dots sitting on metallic surfaces. They’re visually divorced from the actual piece of architecture they’re echoing and instead offer a surreal look into seemingly alien worlds. Continue »

These Vintage Romanian Portrait Photographs In Terrible Condition Are Totally Haunting

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Time has rendered these portraits virtual abstractions. Beyond the psychedelic swirls of their shrinking, pealing emulsion, next to nothing is known about the subjects of the photographs, and very little about the photographer who made them. The greater part of their allure comes not from the information revealed, but from what is obscured and denied to the viewer. Continue »

The Best Photography Of Pokémon Go

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By Reddit user jmc123abillion

It’s been out for less than two weeks, and Pokémon Go is already the most popular mobile game in US history. Everyone’s freaking out about Pokémon Go. But what about the game’s creative possibilities? The game allows players to take photos of their Pokémon conquests out in the wild, opening up the opportunity for some hilarious and strange photography. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite shots from Pokémon Go Snap here. Continue »

Breathtaking WWII Colorized Photos Look Like They Were Taken Yesterday

World War Two black and white photos that are researched and colorized in detail by Doug and other artists from the ‘Colourisehistory Group.’ These breathtaking colorized photos look like they were taken yesterday.

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A Supermarine Spitfire Vc ‘Tropical’ JK707 MX-P serving with 307th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group operated by 12th USAAF. The regular pilot was 1st.Lt. Carroll A. Prybylo, but when lost it was flown by Capt. Virgil Cephus Fields, Jr. (Source – US Navy, via Library of Congress. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations) Continue »

2016 CWAS “David Malin” Awards Finalists

These spectacular images of the universe are the finalists in the 2016 CWAS “David Malin” awards. The annual competition, which celebrates the best astronomy images taken by Australian photographers, is part of AstroFest 2016. The winners will be announced on 16 July. An associated exhibition opens the following day at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory visitors centre, and a second exhibition will also travel to selected venues around Australia.

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The Large Magellanic Cloud. (Photo by Chris Marklew/CWAS/The Guardian) Continue »

Extraordinary Black And White Portraits Of Celebrities Taken By Irving Penn

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Isabella Rossellini

Best known for his fashion photography, Penn’s repertoire also includes portraits of creative greats; ethnographic photographs from around the world; Modernist still lifes of food, bones, bottles, metal, and found objects; and photographic travel essays. Continue »

Here Are The Winners Of The 2016 iPhone Photography Awards

The annual iPhone Photography Awards have recognized the top images taken with an iPhone as well as the top iPhone photographers for the last 9 years, and now this year’s winners have been unveiled. This year, “thousands” of images were submitted from photographers across 139 countries.

Siyuan Niu, Xinjiang, China, Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year
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Man and the Eagle
“The brave and wise Khalkhas live along the mountains in the south of Xinjiang and are companions with the eagles. They regard eagles as their children and train them for many years to hunt. This 70 year old man is rigid and solemn in front of family and friends, but when he is with his beloved eagle, the corner of his mouth would curve up. When the eagles reach mating age, although he is very reluctant, the man releases the eagles back into nature so that they can thrive. A mild heart and exquisite love are covered by his weather-beaten face. He is a tough man with a tender heart.” Continue »

Secret Underground Facility That Is Hidden Deep Under Moscow

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Moscow, USSR – was a mega state that was fueled by industrialism, this is why today ex-USSR states are filled with large industrial complexes that sometimes can’t find a place in our modern world, so they get abandoned. This location was one of the “top secret” classified places during USSR. Russian photographer Armahema discovered it and shared it, however he just said it is somewhere under Moscow as a part of the Moscows subway system. Continue »