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These Photos of Decaying Sanctuaries Will Make You Believe in Ghosts

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Dresden-based photographer Matthias Haker keeps his forsaken sanctuaries a secret, guarded closely from meddlesome spirits and prying hands. When he asked about the aged ballrooms, power plants, hotels, and bathhouses, the artist responds evasively, “Somewhere in Europe…”

Hong Kong Bathed in the Blue Tinge of the Setting Sun

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The first time Hong Kong-based photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze saw the color blue drench the city was not unlike falling in love. It was a warm day in summer, and as the sun set, the sky cast an azure shroud over the metropolis below. He was infatuated and intoxicated by the twinkling night—as he puts it, he had “a crush” on the light— and over the next two years he would devote summertime to chasing The Blue Moment.

Youth, Beauty, and Torment Permeate Photos of Adolescence

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New York-based photographer Isabel Magowan spent much of her girlhood and adolescence on stage, dancing the ballet at Lincoln Center until she left it all behind at seventeen, just as she approached adulthood. Cygnets, her operatic exploration of youth, beauty, and torment, is both a return to the theatricality of the ballet and an exodus from its imposed perfection; like dancers from a Tchaikovsky gone wrong, her young heroes and heroines struggle to define themselves in a grown-up world.

The Tiny, Secret Treasures Collected by a 5-Year-Old

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5-year-old Calder is a quiet, thoughtful child. After each day at school, he comes home with his pockets lined with precious things—flowers, confetti, twigs, and feathers—collected during his time away. And each day, his mother, Oakland-based photographer Melissa Kaseman, goes through her son’s tiny gems, preserving them forever in the series Preschool Pocket Treasures.

Past and Present Collide in Magical Exploration of Paris

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Tour Eiffel. 1900. These strollers were undoubtedly visitors of the Universal Exposition, of which two attractions can be distinguished: between the legs of the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Electricity, and on the right, the Ferris wheel on Avenue de Suffirent. ©RMN-Grand Palais (MuCEM)/Franck Raux

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Notre Dame, 1944. A liberation scene. ©Gaston Paris/Roger-Violle

“You can’t escape the past in Paris,” American Beat poet Allen Ginsberg famously said of the city during his travels in 1958, “and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden.”

Portraits of Dogs Reveal Just How Ridiculous They Think Humans Are

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For German photographer Elke Vogelsang, dogs can be just as expressive as humans, but unlike mankind, they don’t posture for the camera. Dogs questioning the photographer’s sanity is a collection of candid bloopers taken over the course of her many canine photo shoots; in her own words, it’s her “homage to dogs” and to their sense of humor, their curiosity, and most of all, their quintessential dogginess.

Trespassing into Forgotten Places, Stepping Back in Time

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Croatian photographer Mirna Pavlovic is pulled inexorably to the clandestine corners of the world, to the since-forgotten places where people once lived, worked, and probably died. She’s infected by a wanderlust that cuts to the bone, driven to concealed and guaranteed areas throughout the continent where few souls dare travel.

Accidental Art Discovered in Hong Kong’s Alleyways

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Michael Wolf, ‘Informal Solutions’, Hong Kong 2003-2016

In Hong Kong, where on average there are around 6,700 people to a single sq. km, personal space is much too valued to go wasted. German photographer Michael Wolf, who has lived in the city for 22 years, has since developed a fascination with the solace and tiny eccentricities of Hong Kong’s back alleys where one can catch a moment’s quiet before stepping out again into the surge of the main street or back into a steamy kitchen. Wolf’s new book entitled Informal Solutions – Observations in Hong Kong Back Alleys, was launched in January this year and contains 1637 colour images, the result of thirteen years back alley exploration.

‘Childhood in the Raw’: the Poetry and Pain of Growing Up

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“My memories are of running barefoot, building tree huts, and raiding our veggie garden,” says New Zealand-based Niki Boon of her early years coming of age on her parents’ farm. Now a mother herself, she makes her home along the a rolling ten acres of bucolic hinterland, through which her children dance in tandem with the steady flow of nearby rivers.

Sex, Drugs, and Heartache at a Hostel in Nicaragua

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It seemed like something out of a storybook. There was music and fanciful costumes, and everyone danced, barefoot and nymphlike. Melbourne-based photographer Rebecca Rütten stayed three months in what she’d come to know as Never-Never Land, a hostel on an island in Nicaragua where everything was mad and beautiful and where ultimately, nothing was what it first appeared to be.

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