A fascinating article about an art exhibition featuring daguerreotypes, a 19th-century photography technology.


AMSTERDAM — At first glance, the pictures look like something recovered from the bottom of a Dumpster. They are pitted and scuffed, covered with rust spots that resemble blooms of algae or craters on the surface of the moon. Only close up can you glimpse an image of a city, almost too murky to see: the outlines of an apartment building, a scattering of roofs and chimneys. Whatever was originally depicted has left only the ghostliest of imprints.

These works, by the German artist Sylvia Ballhause, are in fact photographs of photographs: faithful replicas of a piece by the pioneering scientist, painter and printmaker Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre. Made in 1839, “The Munich Triptych” was Daguerre’s three-part demonstration of an image-making technology he had invented and named, immodestly, after himself — two “daguerreotype” photographs of a Paris boulevard, which he framed alongside a domestic still life. Keen to attract publicity, Daguerre presented the triptych to King Ludwig I of Bavaria.

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See one reason why octopi are amazing creatures.


“Blue Planet II” aired an episode on Sunday in the U.K. that featured incredible footage of one resourceful octopus.

In a GIF that BBC Earth tweeted on Sunday, an octopus ― which had apparently built a suit of armor out of shells ― evades a hungry pyjama shark trying to eat it.

Footage of the clever trick received some time on the front page of Reddit on Monday.

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Can You Find the Perfectly-Camouflaged Snow Leopard Hidden On This Mountainside?

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There’s a good reason it’s so difficult for photographers and film crews to capture the elusive snow leopard in the wild. The animal’s not only a master of stealth, it also sports a patterned fur coat that turns it nearly invisible in its natural habitat. Can you find the big cat sneaking up on its prey in this amazing photo by wildlife photographer Inger Vandyke?

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