100-Year-Old Hand-Colored Postcards Offer A Fascinating Glimpse Of Pre-War Japan

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Cherry blossom at Mukojima, Tokyo

Postcards can offer a fascinating glimpse into eras that have long since passed. The Digital Collections of the New York Public Library (NYPL) has released a selection of postcards from Japan in the early 20th century. Comprising hand-colored photographs, these landscape snapshots represent the country—specifically the Tokyo and Yokohama regions—and the culture at a time when it was on the cusp of modernity. Many of the photographs are dated from the years 1907 through 1922. Continue »

Men And Women Before 10 A.M. By Veronique Vial

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Following up on her highly praised bestseller Men Before 10 a.m., celebrity photographer Véronique Vial completes her wonderfully intimate and revealing portrait of the sexes with Women Before 10 a.m., a captivating collection of your favorite fashion, cinematic, and pop culture beauties, starlets, and models before ten o’clock in the morning. Continue »

Nature Framed By Myoung Ho Lee

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South Korean artist Myoung Ho Lee captured single trees against rectangular white backdrops, resulting in a series of graphic still life landscapes. By creating a partial, temporary outdoor studio for each tree, Lee’s ‘portraits’ of trees play with ideas of scale and perception. Continue »

Istanbul Inception: Surreal Turkish Cityscapes By Aydın Büyüktaş

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For the series ‘Flatland‘, Turkish artist Aydin Buyuktas creates surreal cityscapes of Istanbul. Inspired by Edwin Abbat’s book ‘Flatland: A Romance Of Many Dimensions’, the photoshopped images depict the metropolis from surprising perspectives. Continue »

These Twisted Vintage Portraits Were Made Before Photoshop

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Adobe Photoshop dropped in 1988, initiating the era of doubt and disbelief in photography. That same year, French artist Frédéric Fontenoy was capturing a set of images unbelievable in their own right, using a panoramic camera, ingenuity, and a willingness to run around the wilderness naked. Warped, twisted, yet clearly human characters dominate the series, entitled ‘Metamorphose’, framed by barren natural surroundings. Continue »

This Artist Turns People Into Aliens By Drawing Faces On Their Backs

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Spanish artist AnaHell creates some of the creepiest caricatures from human bodies. By using a few simple props and costumes the artist reveals a whole new insight to the human form. These works of art are made even more impressive by her simplicity in lighting and use of everyday settings and poses to bring out the whimsical side of her otherworldly creations. When you see her work you understand her proclaimed childlike fascination for the human body, and the absurd. Continue »

Winners Of The National Geographic’s Kids Photography Competition 2015

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The grand prize winner is Senne Mensink, 13, from the Netherlands with this shot of a grasshopper eating a leaf. (Photo by Senne Mensink/National Geographic) Continue »

The First Non-Nude Issue Of Playboy Is Here

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Back in October, Playboy announced that they would be removing nudity from the magazine starting with the March 2016 issue. Well, that issue will be coming out next week, which means it’s time to start unveiling how they’ve transformed our iconic publication. Continue »

New York City In 1980s Through Photographs By Janet Delany

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West coast photographer Janet Delaney made a half a dozen trips to New York City between 1984 and 1987 and after decades in storage, she’s dusted off these forgotten pics of a time gone by. Continue »

Hong Kong In The 1950s Captured By A Teenager

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These stunning photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s are captured beautifully by a teenager. Ho Fan who arrived from Shanghai in 1949. The streets, filled with vendors, coolies and rickshaw drivers, fascinated Ho. Taking pictures in a studio was the norm then, but the Ho was more interested in random, candid shots of strangers. His targets, however, did not always smile into the lens of his Rolleiflex. But it is great street photography that gives a peek into daily life in Hong Kong at that time. The photography is part of his book “A Hong Kong MemoirContinue »

The Making Of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind The Original Film

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After the 1973 success of American Graffiti, filmmaker George Lucas made the fateful decision to pursue a longtime dream project: a space fantasy movie unlike any ever produced. Lucas envisioned a swashbuckling SF saga inspired by the Flash Gordon serials classic American westerns, the epic cinema of Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa, and mythological heroes. Its original title: The Star Wars. The rest is history, and how it was made is a story as entertaining and exciting as the movie that has enthralled millions for thirty years–a story that has never been told as it was meant to be. Until now. Continue »

Incredible Images Capture The Raw Beauty Of Waves Breaking Off The Coast Of South Africa

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Beautiful seascapes capture the “raw power” of waves rising and crashing in the Indian Ocean. The stunning photos were taken off the coast of Durban in South Africa, and show formations from above and below the surface. Surfer and photographer Marck Botha took the images between April and July, and has always had a passion for the ocean. Here: A wave begins to collapse on the shore on July, 15, 2015, in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Marck Botha/Barcroft Media)
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Gaza’s Way Of The Ninja

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A Palestinian youth jumps with a sword as he demonstrates his ninja-style skills for the photographer in front of the ruins of buildings, that were destroyed in 2014 war, in the northern Gaza Strip January 29, 2016. The youths, who have been receiving martial arts training at local clubs in Gaza for the past two years, decided to form a team to hold regular shows in the hope that the publicity generated will eventually lead to them being invited to participate in international contests. (Photos by Mohammed Salem/Reuters)
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Photographer Risks Life For Breathtaking Images Of New York City Subway Tracks

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At the dead of night, the photographer – known to his Instagram followers as Dark Cyanide – heads out to look for hidden gems, like abandoned stations, provisions and tunnels. His intriguing images feature vibrant streaks, graffiti, and tight framing – and by adding individuals to some to some of shots, he is also able to depict the incredible scale of some of the tunnels. 19 y.o. photographer admitted what he and his friends do is highly dangerous, illegal, and he does not recommend others attempt to explore such tunnels. Continue »

You’ll Love These Photos Of An Underwater Wedding In The 50s

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If you thought weddings these day are over the top, just take a look at this incredible wedding from 1954. The couple actually planned a full wedding ceremony to take place underwater, complete with an underwater observation center for all their guests! Continue »