Persepolis ca. 1850

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Details from the ancient city of Persepolis before restoration, taken circa 1850 by Italian photographer Luigi Pesce. Via Met

Before they pass away / Jimmy Nelson

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Kenya’s rapidly disappearing tribe of the Samburu people, from the series Before they pass away by British photographer Jimmy Nelson

fleeting tranquility

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Glorious afternoon break from the wild Aegean Meltemi winds, at serfers paradise Ftelia beach, Mykonos island, Greece. Image WWT

The Temple of Horus, ca. 1865

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The Ptolemaic Temple of the falcon god Horus at Edfu, Egypt, photographed by Antonio Beato, during the fascinating but dubious times of the first excavations, conducted by self-taught egyptologist Auguste Mariette.

Portland Art Museum – via hotpotato

Greetings from Paradise / Mike Belleme

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Images from the series Greetings from Paradise by American photographer Mike Belleme.

Check out Mike’s treehouse in the woods of Asheville, NC here

Previously: romance tourism in Kenya by Sofie Amalie Klougart

Denis Dailleux

Fils de Roi, Portraits d’Égypte

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Ghana

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Selection of images from the series Fils de Roi, Portraits d’Égypte and Ghana by Kairo based, French photographer Denis Dailleux

Terra Nova / Herbert Ponting

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Antarctic landscapes from the Age of Heroic Antarctic Exploration, by British photographer Herbert Ponting, member of the fatal Terra Nova Expedition led in 1910-1913 by Captain Scott.
As the expedition photographer and cinematographer, the self-taught Ponting, manage to set up a tiny photographic darkroom in Antartica, inside the expedition’s winter camp. Although this came more than 20 years after the invention of photographic film, Ponting preferred high-quality images taken on glass plates (source).

He return to civilization in 1912 -before the catastrophic end of the Terra Nova Expedition– with more than 1700  large-format glass plate negatives.

Terra Nova, Antarctica (1911-1912) Herbert Ponting

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You may find more at Royal Geographical Society and Scott Polar Research Institute

architecture of necessity / Habana, Cuba

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all images via architecture of necessity