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The Vietnam War was a long and gruesome battle with a huge cost accumulated on both sides, in terms of human fatalities. Since it ended over 40 years ago, it remains an event that haunts our collective history. Many maintain a vision of the war filtered through a handful of famous pictures that were captured by courageous civilians or military officers. Yet, the majority of these iconic shots were taken by Western photographers, or South Vietnamese, and offer only one side of the devastation that occurred.

Here is a rare glimpse of the bloody war from the perspective of the other side. The series of images were collected by some of the hundreds of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong photographers, and documents the gruesome details of the battle, as seen from the eyes of the “enemy.” Photography is a powerful weapon during times of war, exposing situations that only a few are…

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Food and art go hand in hand, and Luca Donofrio proves it with his mouthwatering pasta creations. Every week, he oversees the manufacturing of 5,000 pounds of pasta for Mario Batali’s gourmet food market, Eataly. To Donofrio, these tiny edibles are simply a form of artistic expression, an attitude he’s adopted thanks to his creative background. Before pasta, he attended New York’s School of Visual Arts with the intention of becoming an oil painter, but he found it hard to make a living after graduation. That’s when he turned to Eataly, starting as a sales associate and working his way up to manager of pasta production.

Since working with pasta, Donofrio has discovered that it’s his number one passion in life. “There are hundreds and hundreds of different kinds of shapes and options—you can do…

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Illustrator Marie Muravski and jewelry designer Vashi have once again collaborated to give us a behind-the-scenes look at romance around the world. This time they decided to focus on the most lovey-dovey holiday of them all: Valentine's Day! Though many tend to associate this holiday with February 14th, boxes of chocolate, greeting cards, red roses, and Cupid's arrow, Muravski's insightful illustrations put an end to this narrow notion.

In Wales, love is celebrated on January 25th, which is known as St. Dwynwen's Day. Traditionally,…

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If you've ever fantasized about what life on the Titanic was like, you may get the chance to experience it firsthand, as an exact replica of the historic ship is scheduled to set sail in the near future. The Australia-based company Blue Star Line is planning to recreate the original vessel using modern amenities and safety standards. Aptly called the Titanic II, it will have similar dimensions to its predecessor with 840 rooms and nine decks, with a capacity of 2,400 passengers (including roughly 900 crew).

Blue Star Line has started the design process for the updated vessel, and the company will soon conduct the first of its model testing—a 9.3 meter wooden model of the Titanic II will be put through resistance and powering tests in a 300-meter-long tank. Once that phase is complete, the ship will be launched…

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Sparked by a natural curiosity for stunning exteriors, Portuguese photographer André Vicente Gonçalves began to document the different window architecture that he came across throughout his travels. His project Windows of the World, presented a vibrant collage of glass panes and architectural detail. Since embarking on this traveling photo project, the artist expanded his portfolio with a project titled Doors of the World—an offshoot of the first successful project, in which he showcases a series of charming front doors. By grouping different locations together, Gonçalves highlights just how much variation there is as one travels…

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Meet Juniper, a pet fox whose adorable photos are sure to steal your heart. Her human calls her “the happiest fox,” and her joyful nature is made overly apparent through her popular Instagram account (@juniperfoxx). Grinning ear to ear, getting cuddly with a canine friend, standing at the counter, and even taking a bubble bath are all things you wouldn’t expect from a species that’s often described as aloof, but Juniper defies the stereotypes with her warm, photogenic presence. She's often compared to having similarities to the naturally friendly and playful personality of a dog, particularly after a video of the adorable fox trying to dig her way through white bed sheets (which you can view below) was published.

Juniper has a lovably playful side at all times. Even when she’s destroyed a couch cushion she…

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Yoga sensation Rachel Brathen (aka Yoga Girl) has inspired many others to grab a yoga mat and get going—including her baby goat Penny Lane! Last Christmas, Brathen received the adorable creature as a present from her husband. Together, they're dedicated to running an animal rescue. "All she wants to do is sit on our laps and watch TV and climb things … and chill on the couch looking cool with her underbite," writes Brathen, referring to Penny Lane. "WHY DID IT TAKE SANTA THIS LONG TO GET US A BABY GOAT FOR CHRISTMAS? I'm going to be a weird goat lady now. Apparently having one goat is equivalent [to] eight or nine cats or so."

Since Brathen and her baby goat are practically inseparable,…

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The Mangalitsa pig is an enigmatic animal—and an adorable one at that! Technically, this creature is a pig, but it has a fuzzy, sheeplike appearance and can allegedly be as tame as a house pet. This naturally led to the animal being called a "sheep pig" and, according to one breeder, "if you treat them nicely, they’ll become as tame as dogs—they’ll follow you, play with you." With this set of traits on its side, it sounds as though the Mangalitsa would be a perfectly adorable pet (if you have the space for them, of course).

Interestingly enough, this Hungarian breed tragically faced extinction and practically disappeared when its native land was encountering communism. In 1989,…

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Love is a beautiful thing. Kisses stolen here and there, in public or in private—it is the simple moments of affection that warm our hearts. Street photographer Mikael Theimer delves into this subject with his candid shots of “lovebirds caught right in the act.” Taken on the streets of Paris and Montreal, these spontaneous instances of shared emotion are part of an ongoing project titled Street Love, and are enough to inspire the romantic in any of us. 

Theimer moved to Montreal from France on something of a whim. Picking up a camera was a similar type of story, as spontaneity seems to be a reoccurring theme with the young artist. He went on to create a street photography page inspired by the famous Humans of New…

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The stunning Misty Copeland is once again changing up the way we look at the world of ballet and art. The first African-American woman to be named a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Copeland’s unlikely rise to fame has not stopped her from becoming one of the most inspirational dance stories of our time. In a new photo shoot done in collaboration with Harper’s Bazaar, Copeland recreates some of Edgar Degas’ iconic ballet artworks, exploring the intricacies within the world of dance.

Degas created many pieces that celebrate the beauty of ballet. Foregoing the idealized images of delicate creatures on stage, Degas typically focused on the labour, athleticism, and the training process involved by painting what went on backstage. He carved out a place within this niche, finding a…

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Every year, from mid-February to mid-March, a big event takes place at the Wapusk National Park in Manitoba, Canada: the polar bear mothers get ready to leave their maternity dens for the first time since November with their newborns in tow. They exit their hideaways knowing that, on the Hudson Bay, pack ice seals are giving birth to their pups, which provides them an easy source of food. Last year, wildlife photographer and Nikon Ambassador Daisy Gilardini spent 13 days in the field and waited for 117 hours in subzero temperature to have a first glimpse of this special trek.

Not only did Gilardini brave a long wait, but she also had to contend with wind gusts reaching 60 to 70 km/h (37 mph to 43 mph). “It is extremely difficult and rare to witness the exit of the bears from the dens and one…

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Between 1977 and 1980, photographer Charles H. Traub ventured out onto the city streets with his Rolleiflex to document the faces of passersby during lunchtime. Traub, who told Slate he prefers the term "real-world witness" over "street photographer," framed his shots close and tight, capturing engaging snippets of strangers revealing little bits of themselves through what they wore, the tilt of their heads, a fat cigar pursed between chapped lips, or the flash of a dynamic smile.

The colorful series, which began in Chicago and expanded to include New York and various European cities, was exhibited in the early '80s and later published as a comprehensive…

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Sometimes the smallest gesture can make a big impact in someone’s life, and the kindness of a 70-year-old woman has reminded us that simple human interactions can calm the most volatile of demeanors. Unprompted, this septuagenarian reached out to hold the hand of a man who was “being aggressive” while riding the SkyTrain in Vancouver. Facebook user Ehab Taha was sitting across from them and snapped a picture of the inspiring moment.

Had it not been for this thoughtful woman, the situation could’ve escalated to something much worse. Taha reports that the man was having erratic movements, cursing, shouting, and scaring fellow passengers. While many stayed silent, this woman chose to acknowledge the guy…

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Architectural photographer Christopher Payne seeks out unique subject matter to shoot, often choosing to delve into industrial settings and explore overlooked manufacturing processes. His newest collection, Making Steinway: An American Workplace, features a series of compositions collected on a visit to the Steinway & Sons piano factory in Astoria, New York. His beautiful images trace the transformation of raw materials into the recognizable gleaming grand pianos, celebrating the skilled labour and attention to detail that is poured into each creation.

Steinway & Sons is an American and German company,…

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For adventure seekers, beautiful travel posters offer a glimpse of life somewhere new and exciting. By depicting gorgeous locales, it inspires a sense of wanderlust in even the most travel-averse person. With this in mind, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has created a series of posters for different destinations in our solar system. The fantastical illustrations depict a future where space travel is a common occurrence and trips across the galaxy are just a rocket ride away.

The bold images paint colorful portraits of places like Venus, Neptune, and Saturn. Inspired by vintage travel posters, each contemporary print has its own compelling tagline that’s sure to pique your interest. After all, who could resist the “Gateway to the Outer Solar System” (Ceres) or “The Grass is Always Redder on the Other Side”…

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Bronwyn Hill is an up-and-coming figurative painter based in Brisbane, Australia. Her delicate artwork typically depicts realistic portraits of women placed in natural settings, rendered through oil paints and skilled layering techniques. Each of Hill’s artworks capture a lovely and natural beauty, radiating tangible emotion that speaks volumes of her artistic talent.

Naming light and patterns in nature as leading influences within her pieces, Hill makes use of her artwork as a means of self-expression. The women depicted in her portraits are representatives of herself, and though they may not all feature her face, each are indicators of Hill’s emotional state at the time of creation. Some portraits seem to embody a carefree and utterly relaxed nature, whereas others are more melancholic and pensive, yet all are…

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Many people fantasize about being “discovered” in the street, even though it’s highly unlikely to happen. For a Nigerian woman selling bread on the street, however, the nearly-impossible moment of “discovery” became a reality. It’s been a whirlwind experience ever since, changing her life forever. Seemingly overnight, she went from being a bread seller to a professional model.

The amazing story starts with a photo shoot featuring English musician Tinie Tempah and photographer/singer Ty Bello. Tempah had traveled to his parents’ home country of Nigeria and had Bello shoot some of his stylish portraits. During the photo session, a local bread seller accidentally walked into the shot, and Bello was immediately…

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One of the most amazing aspects of advancing technology is the possibility it presents to further expand collective understanding on any number of topics. Ideas can be shared worldwide to engage with wider audiences everywhere. A new interactive exhibit of Hieronymus Bosch’s famous Garden of Earthly Delights does just this, marrying technology with art history beautifully.The website infuses a sense of life into an ancient painting, allowing visitors to explore the work's minute details accompanied with audio essays describing its different aspects.

The Dutch painter, known for his stunning landscapes and detailed imagery that explored concepts of religion and social class, is most recognized for this particular triptych painting. Read chronologically,…

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Parvick Faramarz’s portfolio overflows with rich, dark characters that seem to be plucked straight from the pages of a fairy tale. Not your typical fairy tale though, for Faramaraz’s tattoo style lends itself towards darker, foreboding creations that conjure visions of beasts from the Brothers' Grimm twisted folklore. From mythical creatures to owls and hares with hardened gazes, Faramarz infuses a distinct, edgy style into his black work tattoos.

Based in Moscow, Faramarz incorporates a combination of bold, black lines and complex dotwork into his art, creating realistic shading in pieces that seem to leap off the skin. His creatures are charged with a sense of movement, as his careful work with the gun renders a subtle, realistic texture and flow. Faramaz’s menacing tattoos seem to stare back fiercely from…

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Artist Jackie Taylor (of MoonStarsJewelry) aims to infuse the beauty of the universe in her pieces of jewelry. For over 20 years, Taylor has refined her design process, which always begins with a detailed drawing. Her multifaceted technique includes wire construction, metal forming, soldering, firing glass in a kiln, casting, and even wax carving. What's perhaps most interesting is that Taylor pays homage to the Tibetan Buddhist monks who would throw prayers of intention into molten metal as they casted their sacred bells. The jewelry designer also takes part in this honorable practice by "realizing the importance of intention, and elements that go beyond the decorative aspect of jewelry."

As Taylor works to visually recreate the nighttime sky, complete with shining stars, the designer is essentially aiming…

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