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Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell (book review)

Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell centers on a beautiful, reprinted collection of diabolical 1860s French stereoscopic cards. On each card is an image of a detailed, intricate clay diorama depicting life in hell. Each card tells a story, but the story of the collection itself is far more interesting.

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Caturday

"Spike with the 56mm," a photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Benjamin G. Levy. "Spike obliges me while I test out the 56mm lens on the Fuji." Share your photos with us, if you'd like to maybe see 'em on the blog.

Early Polaroid SX-70 photos from LIFE

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In 1972, Polaroid introduced its iconic SX-70 camera. It was an evolutionary leap from the groundbreaking "Land Camera" invented in 1947 by Polaroid co-founder Edwin H. Land (image right). LIFE has posted a gorgeous gallery of SX-70 photos from a time when instant photography was still in the realm of magic. The shots were taken by LIFE photographer Co Rentmeester who had a chance to put the SX-70 through its paces before it was available for purchase. #nofilter

Artistically altered 19th century cabinet cards

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Cabinet cards are a kind of photo portrait mounted on cardboard that were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century. Noted vernacular photography collector Robert E. Jackson not only has a slew of terrific cabinet cards, but he's also interested in how contemporary artists are painting on these old artifacts to transform them into fantastic new works. Over at House Of Mirth, Robert posted some of his favorites. Image above left by Mike Wellins; right, Colin Batty. "The Altered Cabinet Card"

LIFE photo essay of 1960s Wiccans in the UK

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In 1964, LIFE magazine published a photo essay titled "Real Witches at Work," about Wiccans in contemporary England. They've just posted a number of those striking images plus others, including the beautiful shot above. Of course, people practicing witchcraft in the nude has always freaked out (and turned on) the squares. Here's how Mrs. Ray Bone, one of the Wiccans interviewed in LIFE at the time, responded to that mindset: “It seems obvious to me that people can be just as immoral with their clothes on as with them off.” Real Witches at Work: Photos of English Pagans in the 1960s

International children with their favorite toys

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Gabriele Galimberti photographed children in 58 countries with their favorite toys. Here is his brand new book of the photographs: "Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World and Their Favorite Things" (via Smithsonian)

Italian stock exchange flips us off

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From my Instagram feed: In 2010, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was commissioned to create a sculpture for the front of Milan's Borsa Italiana, the Italian stock exchange. This was the result, and it's still standing. The 4-meters tall marble sculpture is titled "L.O.V.E." I visited the sculpture on Friday and found it to be quite stately and inspiring.Here is a WSJ article about it. (Thanks, Ferdinando Buscema!)

Time-lapse fireflies

Vincent Brady shot these scenes of swarming fireflies at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, and at his home in Michigan: "I used every trick I have up my sleeve to pull this off. Image stacking, 360 degree startrail panoramas, and even a macro love scene! Hold on to your seats these fireflies fly by pretty quick!"

There's a fantastic gallery of stills, too. And that perfect musical accompaniment is by Brandon McCoy. [Video Link. Via Colossal]

Photos of actors playing historical figures

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VanVictor made a terrific image series showing historical figures played by various actors, from Aristotle to Edgar Allen Poe, Jesus to John Lennon. "Famous people in fiction" (via Laughing Squid and Reddit)

Interview with photographer of extreme street fashion in Tokyo

Ten years ago, photographer Thomas C. Card read a newspaper article about the extreme makeup and outfits being worn by Japanese club kids. He never forgot about it and in 2012 he returned to Tokyo to photograph people from various fashion subgenres. He published the photos in a very large and beautiful book called Tokyo Adorned, which came out this week. Here’s my interview with Thomas.

See more photos from Tokyo Adorned, at Wink, a new website about remarkable books that belong on paper (My wife Carla is the editor and Kevin Kelly and I are contributors)

Portraits of weirdly magnified and distorted faces

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13042332265 336b885055 oKorean artist Hyungkoo Lee created a series of portraits of people wearing this strange helmet he devised that allows various lenses to be swapped in to distort the subject's face with comic, cartoony, and downright surreal effect. More over at Hi-Fructose.

Joey L.'s portraits of Holy Men

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Brooklyn-based photographer Joey L. created breathtaking portraits of ascetics in northern India, Nepal, and other parts of the region. The series is titled Holy Men. Above, Lal Baba, age 85. Joey L is best known for creating the Twilight movie posters and other commercial projects. Holy Men is part of his personal body of work that also includes the stunning Cradle of Mankind photos of tribal people in Ethiopia's Omo Valley. Below, filmmaker Cale Glendening's documentary about the Holy Men project. (via Daily Grail)

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A bedroom of books

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A bedroom of books, provenance unknown. From the inspiring Instagram feed of The Academy New York.

UPDATE: BB reader Bryan McGovern tells us that this is the library room at Mildred's Lane, an artists' residence and museum near Beach Lake, PA.

Python beats and eats crocodile

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A python bested a crocodile in an epic battle at Lake Moondarra in Queensland, Australia. After the victory, the snake celebrated by eating his foe. More foodie photos by onlooker Marvin Muller at The Age.

Embroidery on found photos

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Tokyo-based artist Mana Morimoto embroiders on found photos, ticket stubs, record sleeves, and other curious paper pieces. (via Hi-Fructose)