Category: HISTORY

Jul 30, 2013

Extremely Detailed Close-Ups of Van Gogh’s Masterpieces

Extremely Detailed Close-Ups of Van Gogh’s Masterpieces

The Google Art Project is a collaboration with museums large and small, classic and modern, world-renowned and community-based from over 40 countries. Together they have contributed more than 40,000 high-resolution images of works ranging from oil on canvas to sculpture and furniture. Some paintings (like The Starry Night) are available in ‘gigapixel’ format, allowing…

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Jul 23, 2013

Celebrating 125 Years of National Geographic Photography

Celebrating 125 Years of National Geographic Photography

Since 1888, National Geographic magazine has brought the people and places of our immense planet into the homes – and imaginations – of millions of readers. Printed in 37 languages, and instantly recognizable by the yellow-bordered cover, the magazine is revered for its world-class imagery, showcasing the talents of its intrepid photographers. In an…

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Jul 17, 2013

Old Photos of Budapest Spliced Into Present Day

Old Photos of Budapest Spliced Into Present Day

Kerényi Zoltán is an architect and photographer from Budapest, Hungary. In an ongoing series entitled, Ablak a múltra / Window to the past, Zoltán splices old photos of Budapest into present day photos of the exact same location, carefully getting the perfect angle and vantage point. In the 300+ photo album on Flickr, Zoltán…

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Jul 11, 2013

Picture of the Day: Flooding in Thailand – Before and After

Picture of the Day: Flooding in Thailand – Before and After

Flooding in Thailand – Before & After Photograph by NASA Earth Observatory In this true-colour satellite image, we see flooding in Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani Provinces in Central Thailand (right), compared to before the flooding (left). The Chao Phraya River forms at the confluence of smaller rivers in central Thailand, and flows…

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Jul 10, 2013

Giant Living Artworks ‘Grown’ on the Rice Fields of Japan

Giant Living Artworks ‘Grown’ on the Rice Fields of Japan

Tanbo art is a Japanese creation in which people plant various types and colors of rice and ‘grow’ a giant picture in rice paddy fields. It all started back in 1993 when the village of Inakadate, about 600 miles north of Tokyo, was looking to create a project that would ‘revitalize’ the local economy.…

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Jul 9, 2013

The Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2013

The Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2013

At the end of every quarter the Sifter will highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic Top 100 at the end of the year (check out the ‘Top 100 POTDs for 2012‘). It’s hard to believe we’re already half way through 2013. Below you will find the second installment…

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Jul 6, 2013

Picture of the Day: Shipwreck Beach

Picture of the Day: Shipwreck Beach

SHIPWRECK BEACH Photograph by Robert Wallace Located on the coast of Zakynthos, Greece is Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach, an exposed cove often referred to as Smugglers Cove. The story goes that in 1980 Greek authorities discovered a boat suspected of smuggling contraband. The chase was on. During the pursuit and inclement weather, the…

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