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Athens through a Panoramic Lens

The Philopappos Monument and the Acropolis from Mouseion Hill, 2015
The Philopappos Monument and the Acropolis from Mouseion Hill, 2015

Dramatic panoramas of Athens evoke the past in the present. More»

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Photos of L.A. Beneath the Noir

Hollywood Cougar, 2013, Steve Winter
Hollywood Cougar, 2013, Steve Winter

Pictures of L.A., beyond the stereotypes. More»

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Digitizing Photography Incunabula

Title page of Allen S. Heath: Photography: A new treatise, theoretical and practical…, New York 1855. At left, A Portrait of Sir Humphrey Davy. The First Experimenter in Photography, before 1855, by O. Sackersdorff
Title page of Allen S. Heath: Photography: A new treatise, theoretical and practical…, New York 1855. At left, A Portrait of Sir Humphrey Davy. The First Experimenter in Photography, before 1855, by O. Sackersdorff

Some of the world’s earliest photographically illustrated books are being digitized by the Getty Research Institute. More»

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Are India’s Elephants Blessed Creatures or Indentured Servants?

Elephant blesses priest in Jambukeswarar Temple. Thiruvanaikaval, Tamuil Nadu, India.  © Annette Bonnier
Elephant blesses priest in Jambukeswarar Temple. Thiruvanaikaval, Tamuil Nadu, India. © Annette Bonnier

Photographer Annette Bonnier captures the world surrounding the lives of Asian elephants in Indian society. More»

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Ansel Adams Captures the Struggle and Beauty of a Japanese-American Internment Camp

Entrance / Adams
Entrance to Manzanar, 1943, Ansel Adams. Gelatin silver print (printed 1984). Private collection; courtesy of Photographic Traveling Exhibitions

Ansel Adams photographs document life at the Manzanar internment camp during World War II. More»

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Photography Pro Tips from Alex Barber

#GettyInspired photographer Alex Barber’s pro-tips on cameras and great shots. More»

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This Just In: Gordon Parks’s “Flavio” Photographs

Flavio da Silva / Gordon Parks
Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © The Gordon Parks Foundation

Searing images of poverty in 1960s Brazil. More»

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Julius Shulman’s Journey to City Hall

View of Los Angeles City Hall from the Union Station construction site / Julius Shulman
View of Los Angeles City Hall from the Union Station construction site, ca. 1934, Julius Shulman. John C. Austin, John and Donald Parkinson, and A. C. Martin, architects, 1928

Los Angeles at the mayor’s office. More»

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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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      #ThyCaptionBe: Sword Safety

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Haircut gone wrong or prop sword mishap? It’s actually story of backstabbing and assassination. 

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      Once a great Roman military general, Pompey, fled Italy for Egypt as Caesar began a civil war. 

      When he arrived at his Egyptian exile, what Pompey thought was a welcoming party turned out to be a group of assassins. (Surprise!)

      Set against a blood-red background, Pompey’s severed head rests at the feet of Caesar who makes a gesture of rebuke.

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

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