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Zambia’s Lost Mission To Mars

Zambia’s Lost Mission To Mars

With the recent final flight of the space shuttle, a lot of people are wondering what’s next for the US space program. Almost entirely forgotten in the decades of the US’s successes and failures in space exploration are the ambitions of the country of Zambia.

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The Real Gypsies

The Real Gypsies

Self-taught anthropologist Patrick Cariou has captured surfers, Rastafarians, and inhabitants of the Trenchtown area of Kingston, Jamaica. The French photographer brings a new perspective of the Rom people in Gypsies, a series of stunning portraits and landscapes that captures the misunderstood ethnicity’s broad, multifaceted culture.

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NYC Fashion in the ’70s

NYC Fashion in the ’70s

“The greatest fashion always originates with drag queens,” writes Gilles Larrain. “The outfit you’re wearing today was probably invented by a drag queen ten years ago.”

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Vintage Pictures of US Cities and Landmarks… with Zombies

Vintage Pictures of US Cities and Landmarks… with Zombies

Vintage pictures are interesting on their own, but they’re even better with monsters. Taking found photographs, old-timey maps, and other paper goods from the past, Matthew Buchholz customizes ephemeral images by adding delightfully frightful monsters, zombies, and other scary creatures, creating entirely new compositions called Alternate Histories.

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The World’s Best-Preserved Skeletons

The World’s Best-Preserved Skeletons

In The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses, Dr. Paul Koudounaris gives us an intimate understanding of the sites where bones of dead people are placed together en masse. What may seem like a gory theme for a book and photo series is actually a beautiful treatment of the culturally touchy subject of death.

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Vintage Photos of Los Angeles

Vintage Photos of Los Angeles

As if most images of LA weren’t weird enough, now there’s a whole new crop of pictures that shed light on a gritty Los Angeles — in glorious black and white. They’re rare, archival snapshots of mid-century LA, documenting an era, landscape, and zeitgeist that no longer exist.

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New York Dick

New York Dick

New York Dick: Lewd Drawings and Obnoxious Comments on New York City Advertising Posters is a compilation of large-scale ads that have been anonymously defaced, most often with crudely-drawn phalluses.

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Angels Flight

Angels Flight

Angels Flight was the title of a low-budget 1965 film noir and a 1999 book by Michael Connelly, but the eponymous funicular has a story of its own.

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Velaslavasay Panorama

Velaslavasay Panorama

The Union Theatre in West Adams was originally a silent-movie house dating back to before the 1920s.

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