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In Search of True Color: Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky’s Flawed Images

Wednesday 7 December 2022 at 10:40

Archived amid Prokudin-Gorsky’s vast photographic survey of the Russian Empire, we find images shot through with starshatter cracks, blebbed with mildew, and blurred by motion. Within such moments of unmaking, Erica X Eisen uncovers the overlapping forces at play behind these pioneering efforts in colour photography.


Mighty Mikko: A Book of Finnish Fairy Tales and Folk Tales (1922)

Tuesday 6 December 2022 at 10:37

Mighty Mikko contains twelve stories loosely based on Finnish tales, illustrated with vibrant block prints by Jay Van Everen.


Concrete Poetry: Thomas Edison and the Almost-Built World

Thursday 1 December 2022 at 07:00

The architect and historian Anthony Acciavatti uses a real (but mostly forgotten) patent to conjure a world that could have been.


The Launch of Our End-of-Year Fundraiser!

Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 12:05

Our End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched, and the new postcards theme will be Power.


A Bestiary of Loss

Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 11:02

To mark Lost Species Day, images of 39 recently extinct animals and their stories — from the aurochs to the ivory-billed woodpecker.


Displaying the Dead: The Musée Dupuytren Catalogue

Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 12:25

When Paris’ infamous museum of anatomical pathology closed its doors in 2016, a controversial collection disappeared from view. Daisy Sainsbury explores the history of the Musée Dupuytren, and asks what an ethical future might look like for the human specimens it held.


The Tanzmasken of Lavinia Schulz and Walter Holdt (ca. 1924)

Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 12:25

These costumes for dancing, born of an artistic philosophy of suffering, suggest a mongrel collision of characters.


A Pantomime and Masquerade: Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London (1716)

Thursday 17 November 2022 at 12:09

Burlesquing the Augustan era’s fixation on classical tradition, Gay renders practical advice for walking around London into oftentimes absurd verse.


Floating Phantoms: A. G. Mayer’s Medusae of the World (1910)

Tuesday 15 November 2022 at 08:13

While Haeckel turns jellyfish into baroque spectacles of color and flowing form, Mayer’s medusae are more sober, their tentacles subdued, their umbellate bells transparent.


Last Order Dates for the Holiday Season - 2022

Wednesday 9 November 2022 at 17:16

The recommended cut-off dates to order from our shop by to ensure delivery in time for Dec 25th.