Even abstract art must begin with something, Picasso said. A broken Polaroid camera, grinding film through its gears, yields a surprising amount of fleeting beauty.
Black and white portraits of young men and women at the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The Hereros of Namibia added Victorian fashion into their traditional costume under German influence in the late 19th and early 20th century. Photographer Jim Naughten explains how he became fascinated with this community.
Women of the African diaspora crowned with elaborate headpieces, celebrating might, independence, and heart.
Inspired by Old Master still lifes, Paulette Tavormina’s photographs lie in an uncanny valley of beauty—dew-dappled flowers combined with jumping goldfish.
Exploring the appeal of “show caves” around the world, from their breathtaking natural beauty to the variety of tourist grotesqueries.
Portraits of leisure time and permanent parties in “the strange emptiness” of a Czech reservoir, close to the Austrian border.
Thirteen “liberated, assertive, ferocious” takes on Da Vinci’s famous painting show us the Mona Lisa as never before seen.
Selections from the monumental but unknown Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio, an amateur’s attempt to illustrate the nests and eggs omitted from John James Audubon’s Birds of America.
Everyday scenes of Greece in paintings that evoke the quiet fatigue from living with economic uncertainty.
Pictures of post-war America—views of factories, construction sites, and printing plants—drawn from the career of Ezra Stoller, one of the world’s first and best architectural photographers.
Photos that meditate on the link between fabric and movement in India’s textile and dance traditions.