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The Man Who Photographed Ghosts

Mrs. Tinkham (detail), 1862-1875, William H. Mumler. Albumen silver print. 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches. The J. Paul Getty Museum. 84.XD.760.1.7
Mrs. Tinkham (detail), 1862-1875, William H. Mumler. Albumen silver print. 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches. The J. Paul Getty Museum. 84.XD.760.1.7

Meet the world’s first spirit photographer, William H. Mumler. More»

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Windows into Paris

bis rue de Douai
19 Mai, 2013, bis rue de douai, Paris 9-e

Photographer Gail Albert-Halaban spent a year exploring apartment windows of Paris, peering from one building into another, capturing moments that created unexpected intimacy among strangers. More»

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The Ruins of Palmyra, Captured in Vintage Photographs

Temple of Baal Shamin, Palmyra, Syria, 1864, Louis Vignes, negative; Charles Nègre, print. Albumen print. The Getty Research Institute
Temple of Baal Shamin, Palmyra, Syria, 1864, Louis Vignes, negative; Charles Nègre, print. Albumen print. The Getty Research Institute

A glimpse at Syria and Lebanon in the mid-1800s. More»

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An Art Book with a Surprise Inside

Front cover of Light Paper Process catalogue

The visual metaphor of the “sliver” informs an unusual book design. More»

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Designing an Exhibition, Wall by Wall

Joseph Valencia and Paul Martineau reviewing copy prints for an exhibition wall
Joseph Valencia and Paul Martineau reviewing copy prints for an exhibition wall

Putting photos on a wall—it’s harder than it looks More»

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Inside the Photography of Ishiuchi Miyako

Ishiuchi photographs a detail of the jacket
Ishiuchi photographs a detail of the jacket

70 years later, the Hiroshima bombing gives rise to hopeful art. More»

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The Seedy, Funky, and Fabulous Hollywood Boulevard of the 1970s

Bus Bench Jesus, Ave Pildas
© Ave Pildas

Hollywood as it was in the ’70s. More»

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Opposites Attract

Tarascon / Charles Tarascon
Tarascon, 1852, Charles Nègre. Waxed paper negative with selectively applied pigment, 9 5/16 x 13 1/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015.43.9

For 19th-century photographers, the negative was the true work of art. More»

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A Brief History of Animals in Photography

In the Box/Out of the Box / William Wegman
© William Wegman

Animals as photographic subject. More»

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Grad Intern Diary: Lisa Banks

Lisa Banks

Digital media, the internship. More»

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