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Celestial Photos Make Planet Earth Look Like the Moon

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Flattop Mountain, Alaska

“It’s almost like the environment knows you’re there but doesn’t care,” says Anchorage-based photographer Kerry Tasker of the Alaskan terrain. The land is feral and ferocious; he’s dropped his camera from a perilous cliff, and the bitter cold has annihilated its batteries. Still, he’s been torn time and again from the safety of home into the rugged wilderness, standing cold and alone, under a charcoal sky dotted with faraway stars.

Photographing the Mysteries of the New Forest

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Half Light 2, 2016

Ellie Davies’ latest body of work, Half Light, is a new direction for the artist. Though all her work concerns the space of the forest – “a boundary or threshold between what we consider to be ‘fact’ and ‘fiction’” – in earlier projects her intervention as photographer has been more obvious: smoke, stars, mossy sculptures or paths of coloured leaves appear, inviting a near-fantastical reading of each scene. In Half Light, Davies adopts a sparser, more subtle approach. For this new series she uses natural bodies of water, found in the forest, to carry her meaning.

Beyond the Olympics and Carnival, Photos Take You to the Real Brazil (Sponsored)

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The town of Ouro Preto and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Mina Gerais State in Brazil © Yadid Levy / Offset

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People line up wearing animal masks in Northeast Bahia © Gabriel Boieras / SambaPhoto / Offset

The cultural diversity of Brazil, cultivated over 500 years of recorded history, has given rise to some of the most distinctive travel experiences in the world, from the five days of elaborate parade floats, cross-dressers, stolen kisses, and laughter that fills the streets during Carnival to the sleepy days spent sunbathing on 5,000 miles white sand beaches.

Only in Rio de Janeiro can you sip frozen drinks made with açaí berries fresh from the Amazon, join the locals playing footvolley–a cross between beach volleyball and soccer– between dips in the surf, or listen to the percussive music flowing from the spontaneous Samba circles that crop up throughout the Lapa neighborhood.

In honor of the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, we’ve selected some of our favorite images from Brazil, all curated from the remarkable Offset collection. These photographs capture the flavors Bahia, where seafood stew is cooked in a clay pot and served fragrant and spicy, and the colorful facades of old, colonial houses that line the oldest, most well-trodden streets of Salvador.

A Painful, Tender Look at the Life of Stray Dogs in Puerto Rico and Mexico

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Wolly and Onyx the dogs lived together on the streets of San Felipe, Mexico. When they were rescued and by necessity kept caged inside kennels, they somehow escaped every day to play with one another. “One would break out and then go break the other one out, and then they would go run and frolic around the dusty neighborhood. At night, they would return,” explains Rhode Island-based photographer Traer Scott, who is still visited in dreams by the impish, devoted pair.

Scott created Street Dogs nearly a decade ago, but the dogs pictured in its pages “have never left her for even a day.” She documented the lives of strays in Puerto Rico and in Mexico, and she spent many mornings waking up before the sun to assist in rescue efforts. In the areas she visited, including the devastating site known as Dead Dog Beach— where hundreds of thousands of dogs are left abandoned without access to food, water, and vet care— neglect and abuse ran rampant.

Intimate Portraits Unfold Inside One Small Room in Belarus (NSFW)

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“It is not easy to take a picture of a person. For me it is an exciting and unpredictable undertaking for which I am rarely 100% prepared. The process of photographing another person is a constant struggle against our own complexes, fears, doubts and uncertainties.”

Masha Svyatogor is a Belarusian photographer living in Minsk, the capital city of Belarus. The photographer borrowed the title for her ongoing project from a Polish theatre director and artist, Tadeusz Kantor. He calls his workshop “Mój biedny pokoik wyobra?ni”, which inspired his most recent theatrical production, and roughly translates as My Poor Little Room of Imagination. “I fell in love with the name immediately” says Masha, “This project is about a very personal territory, an intimate place where a story about life is unfolding. A small room, as opposed to the ‘big story’ and other ‘big’ endeavors, becomes the place where a small defenseless man can find sanctuary”.

Meet the Fabulous Drag Clowns of London

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“It’s not just an act,” says photographer Poem Baker of Tuttii Fruittii and Toni Tits, a pair of drag clown performance artists living in Southeast London.

The Unseen Collection at the National Museum of Natural History

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USNM Bird Collection, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution © Chip Clark, 1992

“All the pretty, cushy places on earth have already been studied,” said photographer Chip Clark with a laugh in conversation with Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, where he worked from 1973 until his death in the summer of 2010. He was on the ground with scientists when they collected samples and data, roughing it in tents, sharing space with bugs and critters of all kinds.

Clark’s professional dedication didn’t stop when he came back home; over the course of the second half of his career at the Smithsonian, he created an astonishing and historic collection of images made behind-the-scenes in the archives of the National Museum of Natural History, where about 99% percent of the museum’s holdings remain protected from the general public.

The images Clark left behind, suggests Smithsonian.com’s Maya Wei-Haas, who spoke directly with Assistant Director for Collections Carol Butler, provide a glimpse into the private universe where few, highly-qualified feet are permitted to trod. What’s on view at the museum at any given time represents only the tip of a colossal iceberg; countless items and specimens that were used to construct each and every exhibition, even if they were withheld from the final edit.

‘Aggressive’ Street Photographer Captures Angry People in Beijing

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“No Photos!
What are you doing?
You have no rights!
You scared me!
Do you know how to respect others!?
You are crazy!
NO!!!
Fuck you!!!”

The statements above may sound all too familiar to any dedicated street photographer. Encountering suspicion, a refusal to be photographed and even criticism or insults when out on a shoot are all part of the job. This is what Beijing-based photographer Jiwei Han heard and intentionally sought out in his controversial project entitled No, which he captured in the streets of Beijing.

No is consciously the product of an invasive photographic approach. Jiwei purposefully avoided asking for permission prior to photographing strangers on the street, using what he describes as an “aggressive method”. The title of the project is self-explanatory, echoing the response of many unwilling subjects when Jiwei caught them off guard.

Photographing people against their will, Jiwei experienced “an evil sense of satisfaction” upon succeeding, though admits that he was unsure about whether or not what he did was right reflecting on the disputable methods used, “normally I am a gentle person and ask whether it’s okay before taking any pictures. I’m not usually so rude”.

Germany’s Drab Buildings Get a Makeover

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Bored of the “monotonous, colorless architecture” of the city where he was born and raised, Berlin-based photographer Paul Eis started to apply new colors to the buildings, a project inspired by the colorful houses of the architects and fellow Berliners Le Corbusier and Bruno Taut.

One Woman’s Intensely Intimate Photos of Motherhood

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Nursing and peeing, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2014 © Anna Ogier-Bloomer

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Scratches from breastfeeding at nine months, 2014 © Anna Ogier-Bloome

“She’s the flesh of my flesh,” says New York City-based photographer Anna Ogier-Bloomer of her daughter Violet, whose first two and a half years she’s feverishly chronicled between breast-feedings, catnaps, and sleepy revelations.

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