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How Dali and Halsman made "In Voluptas Mors"


One of the most iconic images of Salvador Dali's career was the photo of a skull composed from the artfully arranged bodies of nude models.

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Ransom & Mitchell: imaginary sideshow portraits

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The dynamically dark duo Ransom & Mitchell have a new show of incredible sideshow-themed photographs opening tomorrow, October 11, at San Francisco's Bash Contemporary gallery. Don't be fooled: Most of what you see in these portraits of the Rough & Ready Sideshow entertainers is real, from the costumes and make-up to the handcrafted sets and vintage props. Step right up!

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How AIs are rewriting photographic history


If you send your holiday photos to Google's Autoawesome processor, it will snip out the best smiles and poses and combine them to make pictures of scenes that never actually happened.

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Library of Congress wants your Halloween/Dia de los Muertos/All Saints Day/All Souls Day photos


Trevor from the Library of Congress writes, "The American Folklife Center at the LOC is inviting Americans participating in holidays at the end of October and early November to photograph hayrides, haunted houses, parades, trick-or-treating and other celebratory and commemorative activities to contribute to a new collection documenting contemporary folklife."

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Clown and cop: ridicule as protest


Remy Gabalda's photo for Agence France-Presse of an anti-Sivens Dam protestor confronting a riot cop is the perfect expression of the moral of Jacob Two-Two: the one thing authoritarianism cannot withstand is laughter.

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Indian space program workers celebrate Mars orbit


(photographer unknown): India's Mangalyaan satellite attained Martian orbit on Wednesday; at $74m, it's "staggeringly cheap" for an orbiter.

Martian spacecraft staffers at Indian space control, September 2014

Barbra Streisand: bikers and BDSM

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Below, photos of Barbra Streisand doing biker BDSM from a shoot connected to the 1970 film The Owl and The Pussycat. Many more over at Dangerous Minds. The images were used in prop posters for a porn film titled Cycle Sluts starring Streisand's character.

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Photos from Stasiland


Stasi -- Secret Rooms is a 10-year project by Daniel and Geo Fuchs, who took beautiful, striking photos of the stark interiors of the spaces used by the Stasi, the terrifying secret police from the former East Germany.

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Beautiful photos from Burning Man 2014


John Goodman writes, "thought you guys might like to see my photos from Burning Man this year." Yes, thank you! Beautiful shots, they really capture the flavor of the event -- some of my favorites below (Thanks, John!)

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Timothy Leary with Aldous and Laura Huxley

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First-ever Disneyland ticket


Mikayakatnt posted this image of the first Disneyland gate-ticket ever sold, from opening day, July 17, 1955.

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Alien landscape in a melted picnic table


Miguel writes, "I found a picnic table in a park with a melted section... and I took a trip to a distant planet... I believe Spaceman Spiff would be proud."

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Photos of rotting WWII sea-forts


Salim writes, "James Creedy hitched a ride with Project Red-Sands to take this set of photos from a these WWII era sea-forts."

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EFF releases high-resolution photo of NSA's Utah data-center


One particularly welcome dividend from the blimp flight over the NSA data-center in Bluffdale, Utah is a much-needed piece of stock art.

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