Chernobyl & Pompeii: 2018 Historical Photographer Of The Year Names Finalists

Famous places and cultural sites all around the world, from popular national treasures to hidden pearls not widely known, are celebrated in the awards.

The 2018 Historical Photographer of The Year is a competition that is judged according to originality, composition and technical learning, as well as the story motivating the submission and its historical meaning. Sputnik’s photo gallery gives you a glimpse into some of the most interesting places of historical significance.


The Red Sands Sea Forts are part of the WW2 fortifications of Great Britain. The forts were built to support the protection of London from aerial attacks in WW2. © PHOTO: MARK EDWARDS/HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Continue reading »

10 Colorized Historical Photos Of Famous Landmarks Under Construction

THE HOOVER DAM, UNITED STATES c. 1935


BUREAU OF RECLAMATION. COLOR RECONSTRUCTION BY DYNAMICHROME

Jordan Lloyd of Dynamichrome has colorized an incredible series of 130 historical monochrome photos, which were meticulously selected by Retronaut website founder Wolfgang Wild. The collaborative project is entitled, The Paper Time Machine, and the two have launched a crowdfunding campaign to have the project published. Continue reading »

A Completely Fascinating Collection Of Historical Photos

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Building Of The Eiffel Tower In Stunning & Must-See Historical Photographs

The Eiffel Tower (French: La Tour Eiffel, nickname La dame de fer, the iron lady) is a puddle iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Built in 1889, it has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world. Named for its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair. The tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building. Continue reading »

Artist Christina Hess Imagines Cats As Famous Historical Figures

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Christina illustrates from her orange sherbet painted studio in south Philadelphia. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and books including her first children’s book “The Nutcracker” due for release in the Fall of 2016.

Here: Marie Antoinippe. Meet Marie Antoinippe. Strolling in her catnip garden she’s ready to hang on your wall to remind you that every cat should be treated like a princess. Continue reading »

Major Historical Events Illustrated With Their Date Numbers

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Illustrating 50 historical dates with typography, an excellent project created by designers Levan Patsinashvili and David Babiashvili, who portray the numbers in a creative way, reflecting the events of each date. From the sinking of the Titanic to the Boston Tea Party, through the birth of Microsoft or the assassination of Kennedy, a clever and nice way to learn history! Continue reading »

Historical Photos Of The World’s Most Iconic Landmarks Before They Were Finished

The world’s most iconic landmarks are a big draw for tourists from around the world. But these historical landmarks are not just tourist attractions, they often serve as a milestone in history or a remarkable event in time.

Washington Monument, ca. 1860
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Library of Congress

Photographers love landmarks, especially the challenge to capture it differently from all the average angles and classic shots. Even when these iconic landmarks were build, photographers couldn’t resist to capture it forever. We are glad that they did, because it gives us awesome insights. Continue reading »

Once You See These Rare Historical Photos, You’ll Never Forget Them

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Like some of you, I’m also a rabid history buff, specializing in collecting the most interesting rare historic photos. I only curate the rare ones that have a significant impact on the history of the world. Find out below some of the most fascinating rare historical photos ever captured on camera. Thanks to these great images, we now have before us a rare window to some of the most interesting moments of our world history. Continue reading »

30 Captivating Historical Photographs Which You Need To See

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The best old photos are the ones you can look at for hours at a time. We gathered a few of them here, for your enjoyment. Continue reading »

‘Know Where You Stand’: Photographer Fuses 4 Historical Events With Present-Day Images

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When The History Channel needed a worldwide branding campaign, they turned to Seth Taras, an award-winning, self-taught American artist/photographer. Seth went on to create Know Where You Stand, a stunning mash up of historical photograph negatives overlaid into modern times. Seriously, imagine how much more impact the past could have if you took a trip to a place like Paris or Berlin and realized you were standing in Adolf Hitler’s shadow.

The four Know Where You Stand photographs — which won the Cannes Lion Award for best brand campaign — are simply stunning. A reminder how dramatically the world can change even when the landmarks stay the same. Continue reading »

Historical Figures Hilariously Share Their Instagram Photos

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So we stumbled across, Histagrams a satirical blog dedicated to documenting the history of the world entirely on Instagram. Imagine an alternative universe whereby the likes of Cleopatra, Abraham Lincoln, Marilyn Monroe, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or Steve Jobs all had an Instagram account. What would they take photos of? What username would they pick? And more importantly which filters if any would they use? These are the important questions in life, but thanks to the wit and creativity of Histagrams, we’re able to give you an insight into what their Instagrammifications might have been like. Continue reading »

Traditional Historical Ski Race In Czech Republic

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A participant jumps on vintage skis during a traditional historical ski race in the northern Bohemian town of Smrzovka February 21, 2015. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)
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Historical Figures’ Letterheads


“Letters have changed the world, from Churchill’s letters to Roosevelt during World War II to Martin Luther King’s letter from Birmingham jail. Here at MOO, we wondered how those letters would have looked today.

To reimagine how iconic figures could have branded themselves in the modern world, our creative team have designed unique Letterheads and Business Cards for some of the most famous letter writers in history, capturing each identity in a set of stationery.” Continue reading »