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When Giant Teddy Bears Roamed the Streets of Nazi Germany

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Art collector Jean-Marie Donat’s affaire-de-coeur with TeddyBär began three decades ago when he stumbled across the very first snapshot picturing the mammoth wooly creature traipsing down the streets over Berlin. Over the last twenty years, the Frenchman has committed himself in earnest to tracking down TeddyBär in his many incarnations, discovering dozens of men who from the 1920s until the 1970s, donned bewhiskered polar bear suit in hopes of earning a buck (or indeed a Reichsmark) by posing with tourists and passersby.

Amusing Moments Captured at the County Fair

Dan Nelken

Dan Nelken

The photographs in New York-based Dan Nelken’s Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits are genuine, natural, and human. Although it’s perhaps not as popular a destination as in the past, there is an undeniable draw to the county fair, to the animals and their people one can observe there.

Over 15 Years, One Photographer Makes the Most Astonishing Portraits of Africa’s Wild Animals

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Buffalo portrait, Kenya 2006

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Zebra jump, Tanzania 2007

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Need of Tenderness, Kenya 2013

Nearly one decade ago, an adolescent zebra frolicked amongst the 8 thousand square kilometers that make up the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania’s Crater Highlands. Staying close to the grown zebras, the energetic youngster moved wildly about, until at the very moment French photographer Laurent Baheux approached, he took the air, leaping clear over his mother’s back. The photographer tripped in the process of capturing the moment, which according to his driver Morris, was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of scenario.

Wild Animals Camouflaged within the Vast Expansive of Namibia

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Hour upon hour, Ghent-based photographer Maroesjka Lavigne traverses the vacant terrain of Namibia, taking the country’s native beasts— the giraffe, the flamingo, and the zebra, and perhaps most of all, the rhinoceros—as her silent and gently-moving guides. Here, amongst the salt pans and sand dunes, she names the nation the Land of Nothingness; behemoths roam free and unseen, hidden and enfolded by the infinite topography.

The Vanishing Tradition of Eagle Hunting in Mongolia Captured in Timeless Photo Book

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Kazakh eagle Hunters

The moment winter descends upon the mountainous terrain of western Mongolia, the Kazakh eagle hunters leave their homes and trek high into the mountains on horseback. If you were to follow the trails of fresh prints in the snow, they’d lead you out to where the great birds stand poised on the men’s heavily swathed forearms, ready to plunge into the valleys below at the slightest movement. These men are the last generation of true Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia. On a dedicated mission to capture their story before the tradition dies out, Hong Kong-based photographer Palani Mohan braved the minus 40-degree temperatures to photograph what would be his most physically challenging work to date.

Turn-of-the-Century Photographs Capture the Midnight Rituals of Wild Animals

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George Shiras, Lynx, Loon Lake, Ontario, Canada, 1902 © National Geographic Creative Archives.

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George Shiras, Three white-tailed deer, Michigan, circa 1893-1898 © National Geographic Creative Archives.

A female deer sits on the river banks along Lake Superior as a canoe passes her by, a kerosine lamp lighting the way. In the boat sits George Shiras, a lawyer by day who come nightfall, flees into the mist-shrouded wilderness in search of the many furry souls who run hither and thither across the shadowy terrain. The year is 1889, and Shiras is doing something no one thus far in the history of photography has dared attempt: he’s documenting the midnight rituals of wild animals.

Behold the Unearthly Beauty of the Carpathian Pony

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Seven years ago, in the village tiny of Dzembronia in the Carpathian Mountains, Ukrainian photographer Yurko Dyachyshyn laid himself down amongst the fragrant grasses, shutting his eyes for a moment as the sunlight warmed his cheeks. The photographer was woken from his reverie only when he heard the gentle tapping of hooves, finding before him a curious horse gazing down.

The Embryonic Life of Ducks Revealed in Dramatic Photographs

Alice Grace Woosey

Alice Grace Woosey

These dramatic and captivating photographs of ducklings developing in and hatching from eggs are made by Alice Grace Woosey, based in Kent, England. The images in Woosey’s the series Imprint document embryonic life from conception to emergence, the luscious black of the background and glowing warm hues and bright whites of the embryo and egg creating a seductive contrast.

Manny the Selfie Cat Will Steal Your Heart

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Manny the little gray tabby cat loves exploring with his human, romping about with his loyal dog pals, and taking pictures of their various shenanigans. Manny’s fearlessness has led him to cultivate a wide range of hobbies and interests, including but not limited to skateboarding, sledding, and rolling around. With his human’s love and artistic backing, Manny has recently earned the title “selfie cat” for his visionary and critically acclaimed use of his GoPro camera.

Ancient Greek Mythology Comes to Life in Spell-Binding Landscape Photographs

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Centuries prior to the birth of Christ, the herald Pheidippides ran 25 miles across the ancient terrain that lay between the battlefield at Marathon and the city of Athens to announce the defeat of the invading Persian forces. If the myth is to be believed, Pheidippides died upon his arrival, overcome with joy for his nation’s victory. More than 2,500 years later, photographer Petros Koublis makes that same journey in reverse, traveling from his home in Athens to Marathon and the surrounding area of Attica, where the spirit of bygone legends still linger in sites named after the Olympian gods Pan and Dionysus.

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