50 Wonderful, Inspiring Photoblogs

A photoblog is a very specific type of blog. Its focus is photography, and there are typically few words beyond a caption and comments. Photoblogs are easy to set up and maintain, and they make great photo galleries for photographers who are put off by the complexity of HTML coding or installing a CMS such as WordPress.

It’s because of this simplicity, not to mention the development of free yet sophisticated tools like Pixelpost, that photoblogging has exploded in popularity over the last few years. Photoblogs.org, for example, lists over 32,000 photoblogs! That’s a lot of photos, and a lot of photographers vying for your attention.

Dedicated as ever to making your life easier, we’ve handpicked over 50 brilliant photoblogs for your viewing pleasure. There’s a little of everything, including photojournalism and nature, landscape, street, portrait and travel photography. We’ve also listed some of the best photoblogging solutions, articles and other resources at the bottom of the post.

50 Wonderful Photoblogs

The Big Picture
The Big Picture from the Boston Globe; amazing photojournalism.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Vernon Trent
The photoblog of fine-art photographer Vernon Trent.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Chromasia
David J. Nightingale’s photoblog with rich, lively colors, unusual perspectives and attention to details.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Laurens Kuipers – Daily Photoblog
Architectural and landscape photography by Laurens Kuipers.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Robert Kruh Photoblog
The photoblog of Robert Kruh.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Jeezo Peezo Photoblog
Some beautiful portraits and black-and-white photos.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Daily Dose of Imagery
The photoblog of Sam Talayeh.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Fine-Art Photoblog
Nine talented photographers from six countries.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Stuck In Customs
The fabulous HDR photography of Trey Ratcliff.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Exposed Planet
Photos from around the world by adventurer and entrepreneur Harry Kikstra.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Andreas Kaiser Photography
Stunning black-and-white photos from German photographer Andreas Kaiser.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Eyes Wide Opened
Dark and eerie fantasy photography.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Tree Swing
Interesting set of photos from self-taught photographer Sean McKendall.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

:photoschau
The photoblog of a German photographer Frank Boenigk.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Cheneel
Photos from a Hong Kong-based photographer.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

The Frame
Photojournalism blog from the Sacramento Bee.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Pixel Candy
The nature photography of Thomas Bonin.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Here and Now
Amazing landscape and nature photography.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Really Japan
Photos from Japan.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Accessible
Beautiful landscapes from Germany.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

From 10 to 300 mm
More amazing landscapes.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Photo Journal
Photojournalism from the Wall Street Journal.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Filling the Frame
Street and documentary photography from Argentina.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Dawn Le Blanc
Beautiful photos of flowers in black-and-white and color.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Dutch PhotoDay
Two photographers from the Netherlands.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Daily Walks
Photos from northern California, taken on walks.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Radio Uruguay
Lots of gritty black-and-white photos.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Photo of the Day
PDN’s Photo of the Day.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

These Fleeting Moments
Beautiful landscape photography by Jason Ertel.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Moodaholic
Inspirational photography by Kenny Wang.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Absolutely Nothing
Landscape photos from the north of England.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

A Walk Through Durham Township
The landscapes and people of Durham Township, Pennsylvania.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Any Day
The personal work of a Swedish photojournalist.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Sarajevo 1992-1996
Photos taken during the 1395-day-long siege of Sarajevo from 1992 to 1996.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Apocalyps
Winner of best Canadian Photoblog in the 2007 Photobloggies awards.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Whateverland
A collection of photos by Archie Flor Cruz.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Wink
A wonderful photoblog from a photographer based on Canada’s Vancouver Island. Some beautiful photos of kids.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Terrorkitten
Photos from the UK and the beautiful Greek island of Crete.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Japan Window
Andy Gray’s photos from Japan.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Framed and Shot
The joint photoblog of a Norwegian couple living in Houston, Texas.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Lumilux
An impressive photoblog from an 18-year-old student in New York City.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

This is a Photo Blog
A group of photographers who give each other assignments — and have fun doing it!

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Pixelgrain
The photography of John Ryan Brubaker.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Middle Kingdom
The “Middle Kingdom” through the eyes of a photographer living and working in China.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Istoica
Innovative portraiture and fashion photography.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Milou Vision
Beautiful black-and-white landscape photography.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Dailysnap
Photography from Jessyel Ty Gonzalez’s life.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

My Glass Eye
Owen Billcliffe’s visual diary.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Electrolite
The online scrapbook of advertising and commercial photographer Shannon Richardson.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

1965
Evocative black-and-white photography from Japan.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Ojo Rojo
A photoblog from Peru. Beautiful photos.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Last Click

Marta
Wonderful photos, especially of children, from Spanish photographer Marta.

Beautiful  Photo Blog

Sources and Resources

Create your own photoblog with the following solutions:

Photoblogging Articles

Source: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/14/50-wonderful-inspiring-photoblogs/

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60 Selected Best Famous Quotes

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Wisdom Quotes

1. You can do anything, but not everything.
—David Allen
2. Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
3. The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least.
—Unknown Author
4. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
—Wayne Gretzky
5. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.
—Ambrose Redmoon
6. You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
—Gandhi
7. When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.
—Lin-Chi
8. The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
—A. A. Milne
9. To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.
—Abraham Maslow
10. We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
—Aristotle
11. A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
—Baltasar Gracian
12. Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
—Basho
13. Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
—Lao-Tze
14. Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
15. What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
—John Ruskin
16. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.
—Marcel Proust
17. Work like you don’t need money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one’s watching
—Unknown Author
18. Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.
—Virgil Garnett Thomson
19. Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
—Will Rogers
20. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
—Zig Ziglar

Funny Quotes

21. Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.
—John Wilmot
22. What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.
—Oscar Levant
23. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
—Oscar Wilde
24. I’ve gone into hundreds of [fortune-teller’s parlors], and have been told thousands of things, but nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest her.
—New York City detective
25. When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.
—Norm Crosby
26. Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.
—Kurt Vonnegut
27. Just the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
—Carl Sagan
28. My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.
—Jean Rostand
29. Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
—Lily Tomlin
30. I quit therapy because my analyst was trying to help me behind my back.
—Richard Lewis
31. We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.
—Robert Wilensky
32. If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?
—Scott Adams
33. If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.
—Anon
34. When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I’m beginning to believe it.
—Clarence Darrow
35. Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it.
—Cullen Hightower
36. There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.
—Cyril Connolly
37. There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?
—Dick Cavett
38. All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.
—H. L. Mencken
39. I don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses.
—Victor Hugo
40. I took a speed reading course and read ‘War and Peace’ in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.
—Woody Allen

Otherwise Intelligent Quotes

41. The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.
—Albert Einstein
42. Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
—André Gide
43. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
—Aristotle
44. I’d rather live with a good question than a bad answer.
—Aryeh Frimer
45. We learn something every day, and lots of times it’s that what we learned the day before was wrong.
—Bill Vaughan
46. I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter.
—Blaise Pascal
47. Don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it.
—Cale Yarborough
48. An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn’t take his education too seriously.
—Charles F. Kettering
49. Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
—Christopher Hampton
50. Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
—Cyril Connolly
51. Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.
—Dame Edna Everage
52. I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.
—Edith Sitwell
53. Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
—Ellen Goodman
54. The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
—Ellen Parr
55. Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.
—Erica Jong
56. Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.
—Gordon R. Dickson
57. The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.
—Lily Tomlin
58. Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence.
—Napoleon (Hanlon’s Razor)
59. Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
—Oscar Wilde
60. When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.
—Thomas Szasz

30 Fashion Photographers You Can’t Miss

Fashion photograph is the language of fashion. The designers talk to us using the fashion photograph. Without the help of the photographer, the fashion world will be silent, dead silent……. below are 30 photographers that are controlling the language of fashion todays.

1) Annie Leibovitz, USA

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Annie Leibovitz’s powerful portrait photography has distinguished her above and beyond most of her peers for over thirty years. From 1970 to 1983, Leibovitz was the principal photographer for Rolling Stone magazine. She spearheaded the movement of music photography away from stage and studio portraiture to intimate, behind-the-scenes portrayals of musicians.

The first twenty years of her work has been collected in an extensive retrospective book and exhibition Photographs: Annie Leibovitz 1970-1990. Her recent book, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005, brings together her assignment and personal work, and is accompanied by an exhibition that opened at the Brooklyn Museum and is touring internationally. Her lifetime achievements have recently merited her a place in the acclaimed PBS documentary series American Masters, aired in January 2007.

 

2) Nick Knight, UK

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Nick Knight is among the world’s most influential photographers as well as being Director & founder of SHOWstudio.com the fashion & art internet broadcasting channel.  On the 24th October 2006 Nick Knight was awarded the prestigious Moet Chandon Fashion Tribute for 2006, which he celebrated by throwing a masked ball at Horace Walpoles Gothic revival treasure, Strawberry Hill.

Knight’s work has been exhibited at such institutions as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers Gallery and Hayward Gallery and recently the Tate Modern.  He has produced a permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum in London.

3) Sølve Sundsbø, Norwegian

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Fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo started his career, for a while it seemed as though he would get no further than the dole queue. “People would say to me, ‘I’m not sure I can hire you, I’m not sure what you’re doing. What is your style?’ I was mortified and thought I was never going to make a living as a photographer.”

The designer Tom Ford cannot speak highly enough of him. “Solve is a great talent in the fashion industry,” he says. “His photographs speak for themselves. They are powerful, beautiful, always fresh, and I am lucky to have worked with him over the past decade.”

Sundsbo’s portfolio reads like a who’s who of luxury designers – Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Gucci, Hermès, Bally and Armani. He has also branched out into short films, teaming up with Alexander McQueen to produce a piece for the Florence Biennale.

4) Michael Thompson,US

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Michael Thompson was born and raised in Washington State, where he was first introduced to photography at his father’s small portrait studio.

An award-winning director of TV commercials, Michael has directed: Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker (a winner of the 2006 FiFi Award for Best National Advertising Campaign-Television), Tiffany’s Frank Gehry Collection and a PSA for The American Ballet Theatre.

His recent exhibition, MICHAEL THOMPSON: 50 CUTS debuted at the Parco Gallery in Tokyo featuring a selection of 50 images from his first 10 years as a photographer. He is currently working on a second book.

5) Alexi Lubomirski, UK

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Alexi grew up in Paris and London. His serious interest in photography developed whilst traveling in Peru during a gap year at college.His interest later shifted from social commentary to narrative based/fashion photography whilst studying his degree at the University of Brighton, in the UK. Introduced to Mario Testino whilst making the rounds in London with his university portfolio, Lubomirski soon joined him in Paris as his assistant.

He was later introduced to Harper’s Bazaar, again by Katie. He has been shooting fashion stories and celebrity covers for the magazine ever since, working with such fashion industry stalwarts as Brana Wolf.

6) Ruven Afanador, Columbian

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Rather than basking in the spotlight after winning the coveted Trophee de la Mode award for Best Photographer last year, Ruven Afanador has been quietly working in the dark room, putting the finishing touches on his debut book of photographs, Torero (Edition Stemmle). Deeply personal and at times pointedly homoerotic, the photographs—all in laconic black and white detail—have their roots in Afanador’s recollections of a growing up in a small town just north of Bogotá, Colombia. In an auspicious photo session arranged by Joan Juliet Buck, former Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue, the conversation between the two visionaries veered to bullfighting and inspired in Afanador a fascination for the secret society of men with tradition-soaked, embroidered suits and the adoration of everyone.

7) Bela Borsodi, Austrian

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Bela Borsodi’s surreal fashion imagery brings clothes and accessories to life. Through combining aspects of art, design and craft his work offers us fashion in 3-dimensions; at once caricature and vanguard of today’s most extrovert fashion sensibilities. The New York based artist and photographer has worked for the likes of Vogue, Wallpaper and Another Magazine, and fashion brands Baume & Mercer Watches, Hermes and Selfridges.

An in-depth interview on Bela Borsodi in PingMag.

8) Warren du preez & Nick thornton-jones, UK

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A creative unit of Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones started in 1998. They have a studio in the East end of London, just off Brick Lane. Mainly working for music and fashion industries, both Nick and Warren are involved in all of their projects collaboratively which has established a distinct style. They have been highly acclaimed for their free form of creative output which ranges from photography to graphics.

9) Melodie Mcdaniel, USA

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Melodie McDaniel works as a still photographer and director.  After extensive travel throughout Europe and Israel, including living on a Kibbutz, Melodie studied photography and was inspired to pursue documentary photography. She graduated in 1992 from the Art Center School of Design with a major in photography and a minor in fine art.

After a successful career with now defunct Satellite Films, Melodie signed with The Directors Bureau in 2002, heightening a roster of talent including Roman and Sofia Coppola. Since coming on board, Melodie has helmed spots for Chevy, Toyota, Vodafone, Zune and Nike.

10) Platon,  USA

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Platon attended St. Martin’s School of Art, and after receiving his BA with honors in Graphic Design, he was then awarded an MA in photography and fine art at the Royal College of Art, where one of his professors and mentors was the late John Hind, the creative director of British Vogue. While still a student, he received British Vogue’s “Best up-and-coming Photographer” award in 1992.

In 2007 Platon photographed Russian Premier Vladimir Putin for Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year Cover. This image was awarded the coveted 1 st prize at 2008 World Press Photo Contest.

11) Phil Poynter, USA

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Phil Poynters sweeping photographic skills echo in the spontaneity of his Louis Vuitton men’s advertising campaign, the teenage freedom in his shots for Alexander McQueen and in the classic elegance of the Prada ad campaign. He can revolutionise a brand image with his photography which is already a point of reference. Phil is a regular contributor to Dazed & Confused.

12) Rankin, UK

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Photographer, publisher, and most recently film director, Rankin established his reputation when he launched Dazed & Confused with his business partner Jefferson Hack in 1991.

From his iconic shot of Kylie lying naked and prostrate, to the Queen smiling enigmatically, Rankin’s iconic, intimate portraiture style, and his mischievous eye have gained him a reputation as one of the world’s leading photographers.

In September 2007, Rankin held his debut American solo show in Los Angeles at the Fahey/Klein gallery, entitled ‘Eye Candy’.

13) Norman Jean Roy, USA

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Few photographers’ careers have ascended skyward as meteorically as that of editorial and advertising photographer Norman Jean Roy. Named by PDN magazine in 1999 as one of the 30 most promising photographers under 30 years old, the now 31-year-old New York-based shooter is certainly fulfilling that confidence.

Marked by a style that seems deceptively casual, even impromptu at times, Roy often works his subjects with the experimental temperament of a jazz musician: improvising ideas and themes on the fly.

14) Thomas Schenk, USA

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Thomas earned his BFA at the Philadelphia College of Art where he studied ceramics and print-making. Before discovering photography at the age of 26, he worked odd jobs and competed with his show horses. A regular contributor to Dutch Magazine, Schenk’s work also appears in Vogue, New York Times Magazine, Surface and Interview He now lives in New York City.

His fashion photographs are characterized by their utter modernity and edgy introspection. Thomas originally came to prominence through his memorable photographs of model Angela Lindwall for Harper’s Bazaar. He has worked at the highest levels of fashion photography ever since.

15) Max Vadukul, UK

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Max Vadukul is a self taught British photographer, born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in London, whose images are recognized for their distinctive signature and creative originality.

Discovered by Yohji Yamamoto in 1984 while living in Paris, Max quickly gained praise as a brilliant image maker.

Today Max continues to work in New York City and has refocused his energy into creating powerful, original images for a select clientele. He resides with his wife Nicoletta Santoro, fashion editor at Italian Vogue, and their two children.

16) Diego Uchitel, Argentinean

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Argentinean born photographer Diego Uchitel moved from Buenos Aires to the United States after high school to attend film school and eventually found his true calling. He has been photographing the world’s most beautiful subjects for twenty years. Uchitel is renowned for his elegantly arresting photographs. His work is often described as less photographic and more painterly.

Uchitel’s subjects include David Bowie, Lou Reed, Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz, Julianne Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Diane Von Furstenberg. He has also given a dose of elegance to his advertising clients, which include Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Warner Brothers, Nike, Levi’s and Microsoft.

17) Yelena Yemchuk, Ukranian

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Yelena Yemchuk is a professional photographer, painter and film director, best known for her work with The Smashing Pumpkins. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, her family moved to Brooklyn, New York when Yelena was in her early teens.

Yemchuk  handled art direction for the Adore album and its related singles. Her photographs also appear in the “Zero” EP, the The Aeroplane Flies High box set, and the Rotten Apples compilation.

Throughout 2004, Corgan mentioned her frequently in his blog, and she also provided the cover art for his book Blinking with Fists.

18) Richard Burbridge, UK

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Richard Burbridge’s technically ambitious photography explores the alchemical medium of photography. Transforming his subjects — fashion, portraiture, beauty, and still life photography — Burbridge subverts the expected. His inventive editorial work appears in Another Magazine, Self-Service, Italian Vogue, i-D and V. His still life and beauty photography, which can be seen in campaigns for MAC, Chaumet, Givenchy, Hermes and Louis Vuitton Eyewear, is elegantly experimental and meticulous. Burbridge’s portraits of the leading cultural figures of art, literature, and entertainment also carry his distinct photographic style.

19) Sebastian Faena, USA

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Photographer Sebastian Faena made his powerful editorial debut in V magazine with a twenty-page story early last year. He has since established himself in New York as a unique talent, distinctly capturing the top female faces in the industry today including Naomi Campbell, Amber Valletta, Natalia Vodianova, Linda Evangelista, Doutzen Kroes and Agyness Deyn, among others.

Faena received accolades for his feature film, La Mujer Rota (The Woman Turns), which was released to both controversy and acclaim in his native Buenos Aires in the Fall of 2007.

20) Nathaniel Goldberg, French

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Goldberg was born and educated in France and undertook his photography apprenticeship in New York. His distinctive flair for fashion image-making gained recognition in the late 1990s, attracting a prestigious range of editorial and advertising clients, and a film project for Paco Rabanne. Goldberg is currently working on an independent project in Alaska which includes portraits and landscapes.

Nathaniel Goldberg’s sophisticated approach to fashion and beauty photography is regularly featured in Italian and Japanese Vogue, GQ and Harper’s Bazaar.

21) Jamie Isaia, USA

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Jamie Isaia evokes mood and atmosphere in a color-saturated, expressive photographic style that suggests dream-like, otherworldly scenarios. Though her images are thoughtfully scripted, they also contain unexpected and spontaneous elements, resulting in a rich blend of performance and a painterly photographic style.

In 2008 Isaia was nominated for the Discovery Award at the Recontres d’Arles with guest curator Christian Lacroix by Caroline Issa and Masoud Golsorkhi of Tank Magazine. She traveled to Spain to teach a seminar at Madrid’s international photography festival, PHotoEspaña.
Most recently Jamie completed her second short film for Swarovski, which will be included in the Birds Eye View Film Festival in London this year.

22) Craig McDean, UK

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Craig McDean is a photographer and filmmaker who is renowned for his striking fashion imagery and portraiture. Having discovered photography by taking pictures of his rocker friends in the North of England, McDean moved to London, where he assisted before striking out on his own with assignments for i-D and The Face. In 2004, his second book, Lifescapes, was published by Steidl/Dangin. McDean currently lives in New York, and has photographed campaigns for Dior, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Armani, Estee Lauder, and Calvin Klein. He regularly contributes to a range of international fashion publications including W, American, French, British and Italian Vogue, and Another Magazine. He is a 2008 recipient of the ICP Infinity Award.

23) Steven Meisel, USA

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Steven Meisel is fashion’s pre-eminent image-maker — prolific and innovative — visualizing the trends of every fashion season since the 1980s.
Like all truly great image-makers in fashion’s pantheon, Meisel not only depicts fashion, he defines it, and gives it cultural resonance. His influences and inspirations are varied, culled from design, architecture, art, cinema, and literature. Meisel has also portrayed our leading actresses and entertainers, defining the relationships between celebrity and fashion in the process. Most notably, Meisel collaborated with Madonna to create their notorious book Sex (1992).

As the primary photographer for American and Italian Vogue, each season, he has also created some of fashion’s most memorable campaigns for Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Mulberry, Lanvin, and Versace.

24) Perry Ogden, UK

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Perry Ogden‘s lush imagery creates evocative, enduring narratives. Ogden’s sense of the rural and the remote is elegantly entwined with a deep appreciation of history and cultural heritage — particularly in his stunning photography in his homeland of Ireland. His photographs have been featured in Italian Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, W, and Arena, and campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Chloé, Calvin Klein, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Ogden has also created long-term independent photo projects including Pony Kids (1999) — a portrayal of bareback horse riding culture among Irish youth. Ogden’s first feature film Pavee Lackeen (The Traveller Girl) was screened at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.

25) Carter Smith, USA

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Carter Smith‘s fashion and portrait photography has a disarming charm. Smith has created campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, TSE, DKNY, Tiffany & Co., Levi’s, Clarins, and Lancôme. His editorials appear in American, British, Italian, and Teen Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Homme, Allure, GQ and The New York Times Magazine.

Smith has also developed a keen sense for filmmaking in projects for Tommy Hilfiger Fragrance, Lancôme, Lacoste, Kohl’s, and DKNY. He has directed music videos and his film projects are currently represented by Park Pictures. Smith recently completed his first feature length film, The Ruins, a story adapted from the Scott Smith novel of the same name.

26) Ellen von Unwerth, Germany

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Ellen von Unwerth‘s work offers a distinctly sexual and playful version of fashion and beauty photography. In addition to her career as fashion photographer, filmmaker, and video director, her work has been collected in numerous books and two photo-novellas. Von Unwerth’s first book, Snaps, was published in 1994 followed by Wicked (1998), Couples (1999) and Omahyra &Boyd (2005).

After a decade as a fashion model, von Unwerth brought a first-hand knowledge of the kinetic energy of fashion photo shoots to the creation of her own photographs. Her sensual campaigns for Guess in the early 1990s launched von Unwerth’s commercial career, and subsequently she has created campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Baccarat, Bebe, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Cliquot, H&M, Diesel, Chanel, Miu Miu and Blumarine as well as a series of publicity advertisements for HBO’s Sex and the City.

27) Grey Williams, UK

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Williams began photo work as a photojournalist and has documented regions at the heights of their troubles in Burma, Sierra Leone, and Chechnya. His commitment to the role of photography in social change includes his ongoing work for the international aid agency OxFam.

Williams recently expanded his celebrity repertoire to include fashion editorial for Vogue Italia and fashion advertising for clients such as Dunhill, Escada, Tommy Hilfiger and Dior. Other advertising campaigns include Omega, Heineken, Sony Pictures and Disney. In 2008, Williams wrote and directed his first short film for the lingerie brand Agent Provocateur.

28) David Vasiljevic, Australian

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David Vasiljevic is a graduate of the Academie des Beaux Art in Brussels. From oil painting he later brought his vision to photography.

He spends his time between new york, london and paris, contributing to American and Chinese Vogue as well as I-D, just to name few.

He has collaborated with biggest names in styling and creative direction.

His advertising clients include some of the leading brands in the fashion industry such as Stella Mc Cartney, Swarovski, Paule Ka, Pantene, Givenchy Perfume, H&M, Armani jeans, Levi’s etc.

29) Ben Hassett, French

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Ben is a photographer and filmmaker who lives and works in Paris. He studied Fine Art in England, and began his career in landscape and art photography. His life and work have recently been profiled in ‘The British Journal of Photography’ and in ‘Playboy’. A regular contributor to Vogue magazines worldwide, including French, German and Japanese, he is best known for his striking and sometimes disturbing images of beauty. German Vogue recently labeled him “the Penn of his generation.”

Clients include Dior, L’Oreal, Givenchy, Clarins and Rimmel. 2008 also saw his directorial debut for Chanel, creating his first commercial.

30) Jonathan Leder, USA

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Jonathan Leder was born and raised in New York City during the 1970′s. He started his career by assisting superstar photographer Steven Klein.

As the digital camera revolutionized the photography world, Jonathan remained faithful to his 35mm and old-school Polaroid (remember those?). With a sharp eye and a distinct indie style, Jonathan is able to capture these absolutely amazing, dreamy shots.

Source:  http://fashionary.org/blog/30-fashion-photographers-you-cant-miss-part-1/

Top 5 Spots For Street Food In Paris

 

Top 5 Spots For Street Food In Paris

Paris may have some of the best (and most expensive) restaurants in the world, but for those hoping to save a little money or looking for something a little bit different while about town, here are the top five spots for street food in Paris.

Ah Paris: the land of soufflés and escargot, of fine vin and decadent fromage. Yet, for those of us who aren’t living on Cloud Nine, life isn’t all snails and cheese. The real world of Paris isn’t entirely clichés out of your grandmother’s cookbook, and thus there are many low-budget, comparatively exotic alternatives to the high-end world that ends up in most travel guides. So Voila! The street food of Paris is waiting to be tasted.

Gyros of Saint Michel

Top 5 Spots For Street Food In ParisJust a stone’s throw away from the grand Notre Dame Cathedral is a winding road of humongous Greek eats. An “Extra Pita Grecque,” for 4.50 euros, is the best fast food around. A large pita is stuffed with predominately chicken shawarma, cut from a rotisserie of meat at the window, then lettuce and tomato is added, and finally the pita is filled to the top with French fries. If you’re lucky, you’ll get extra “sauce blanche,” or tzatziki, a creamy yogurt-based cucumber and garlic sauce. There are variations of the “Grecque” at these stands, but your best bet is the massive sandwich, to be eaten inside if there’s room or taken on-the-go to continue your tour of the Left Bank. To fit in like a true European, eat the fries inside your sandwich with a fork.

Directions: Metro Saint-Michel. With your back to Notre Dame, facing the Saint Michel fountain, the winding street is your first left.

Felafel of the Marais

From Greece to Israel, the Jewish Quarter’s renowned Rue de Roisiers is unparalleled for its falafel variety. A 5-euro falafel can be yours at one of many restaurants along the street, though be prepared to pay more if you plan on dining inside. Hummus generally comes pre-spread inside along with vegetables and the trademark bean patties. Spicy sauce is almost always available, whether at your table, at a buffet-style cart, or on-demand at the window. With the diversity of options and the competitive pricing, Rue de Roisiers is the go-to spot for a falafel craving . . . or any hunger pang at all.

Directions: Metro Saint-Paul. Rue de Roisiers can be found to the right of the carousel.

Citywide French Pastries

Despite the international nature of Parisian street food, there are still affordable French feasts to be had. For the starving artist traveler, there is nothing more cliché (or less expensive) than a baguette to make a filling meal, ultimately washed down with cheap red wine. A baguette of bread is a quintessential side to a complete French meal, like a glass of water — if there’s no baguette with dinner, then it’s not dinner.

However, it must be said that the nearly lawful nature of baguette is confining. A true Parisian would never eat a loaf of bread as the meal, even if imagining dinner without bread is equally absurd. Instead, they nibble on sweets and sandwiches. Any Patisserie or Boulanger (pastry shop or bread baker) will have a comparable variety to any of the touristy sit-down institutions. Affordable macarons, viennoises, and occasionally specialty sandwiches are almost always under 5 euros.

Macarons and viennoises are the two quintessential French sweets. A macaron is a small, almond-based round cookie with two medium-to-hard exterior halves framing a creamy middle. Macarons (pronounced mack-a-rawn in French, with emphasis on the last syllable but not on the “n”) come in a variety of “parfums” or flavors, and vary from place to place. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate and pistachio are the more common flavors. Try a brightly colored one for the more unlikely taste.

A viennoise (which translates to a “Viennese,” or a local of Vienna) is a soft, sugary bread, best filled with chocolate chips. Ranging from around 1 to 2 euros, they can be anything from a handheld guilty pleasure on the go to a “pain viennoise,” a large, ripple-topped bread roughly the length of an arm.

These delicacies are easily found at one of many patisseries and boulangeries around Paris, but each one is slightly different. For a hulking and delicious pain viennoise chocolat (a viennoise-style bread with chocolate chips), try the Patissier at the end of Avenue Carnot, Maison Hardot, a quiet destination near the bustling tourist traps near the Arc de Triomphe. The famous arch is the star of many avenues beyond the Champs Elysees, and Carnot is a safe haven that’s only five streets from the Champs, where thankfully tourism is not a draw. The bread here is always fresh due to the demand of locals buying their dinner bread on the way home from work. Patissier is an escape to the real world of the working Parisian, even with the epic Arc de Triomphe within walking distance.

Top 5 Spots For Street Food In ParisOn a nice day it’s worth toughing out the occasional line at the boulanger on Rue Vavin, where the hand-held viennoises are brimming with chocolate for only 1 euro. Vavin Boulanger also has an excellent and ever-changing variety of sandwiches for under 4 euros. This nameless Vavin Boulanger has friendly service despite the crowds and is adjacent to the resplendent Luxembourg Gardens, so you can take a comfortable stroll with your treat around the beautifully clipped greenery, both a favorite for locals and visitors alike. If you’re up for some walking, the garden provides a shortcut across to Boulevard Saint-Michel, where the Greek and Tunisian options abound.

Directions: Maison Hardot. Metro: Charles de Gaulle Etoile, Sortie Ave Carnot. Continue straight from the metro until you come to the large, blue corner-building directly in front of you.

Directions: Boulanger. Metro: Vavin. Sortie: Boulevard Raspail. Cross Raspail and bear left on the first side street, Rue Brea. Turn right onto Rue Vavin. It’s towards the end of the street, just before the Luxembourg gates.

Street Crêpes of Montparnasse

In Paris, crêpes can be eaten any time, any place, any where. There are breakfast crêpes and dinner crêpes; restaurants serving high-end crêpes and corner crêpe stands. The quick and easy solution is a street crêpe, especially late at night. Starting at under 2 euros for a plain sugar option, crêpes of all flavors are served at all hours. Sucré (sweet) or Salé (salty), the boulevard Montparnasse has stand after stand of budget crêperie options, rarely exceeding 6 euros. The best thing about street crêpes is that they’re often served extremely late. So after a late night out, a 3-euro crepe may be just what you need. Deliciously decadent favorites are the nutella and banana combination, and the “Chantilly Maison,” or the “house whipped cream.” Crêperie Henri is particularly delicious, with a second stand that opens in the evenings just to serve the surplus party crowd. Churros and gaufres (waffles, sometimes covered in chocolate or cream) are also available.

Directions: Metro Montparnasse, Sortie Boulevard du Montparnasse. Crêperie Henri is directly to the left of the exit.

Source: http://www.theexpeditioner.com/2009/03/15/in-search-of-the-best-street-food-in-paris/

35 Most Beautiful Oil Paintings from Top Artists around the world

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Best Oil Paintings Around the world for your inspiration: Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments that are bound with a medium of drying oil. Traditional oil painting techniques often begin with the artist sketching the subject onto the canvas with charcoal or thinned paint. oil paint was first used for the Buddhist Paintings by Indian and Chinese painters in western Afghanistan sometime between the fifth and tenth centuries, it did not gain popularity until the 15th century. Its practice may have migrated westward during the Middle Ages. I hope you like below oil paintings

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Oil Paintings by Christiane Vleugels

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Oil Paintings by Eric Christensen

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Paintings by Ester Roi

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Oil Paintings by artist Omar Ortiz

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Oil Paintings by Andrei Belichenko

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Oil Paintings by Alexei Antonov

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Oil Paintings by Sergio Martinez Cifuentes

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Raja Ravi Varma Paintings

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Oil Paintings by Alyssa Monks

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Oil Paintings by Peregrine

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Oil Portraits by Richardo Sanz

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Oil Paintings by Famous Artist Rob Hefferan

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Oil Paintings by Hilo Chen

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Oil Paintings by Dutch Artist Tjalf Sparnaay

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Oil Portraits and Still Life Paintings by Nikolai Shurygin

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Oil Paintings by Kathrin Longhurst

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Oil Paintings by Sweden Artist Linnea Strid

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Oil Paintings by Philip Gerrard

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Oil Paintings by Paul David Bond

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Oil Paintings by Chinese Artist Guan ZeJu

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13 Bone-Chilling Attractions From Around the World

  • 1. The Catacombs of Paris, France

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    After blowing your money on escargot, baguettes, crepes and tiny replicas of the Eiffel Tower, no trip to Paris is complete without a trip to the Parisian Catacombs — that is, unless you prefer not being surrounded by thousands of dead bodies, meticulously disassembled and stacked in neat little piles.

    Perhaps the creepiest thing about this place is the fact that someone was responsible for digging up graves, taking apart skeletons, and sorting them into those stacks.

  • 2. The Radioactive Amusement Park, Chernobyl

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    If you dislike clowns, weathered toys or Eastern Europe, the Prypiat Amusement Park is definitely in your no-fly zone.

    After the Chernobyl disaster, a catastrophic nuclear event in 1986, everyone within a 19-mile radius was evacuated and forced to leave everything behind. The highest concentration of creepy juju is in the theme park, which still seems to be waiting for the kids to come back and play on its tetanus-ridden bumper cars.

    Despite the creepitude, there is still a minor tourism industry in Kiev based around short tours into the radioactive wasteland. Check your scaredy pants at the door.

    Image: Flickr, Timm Suess
  • 3. The Cave of the Crystal Grave, Belize

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    If you were just bold enough to enter those Parisian Catacombs, test your nerves at the Actun Tunichil Muknal.

    This very old cave is purportedly the site of an ancient human sacrifice. Its most famous inhabitant is the Crystal Maiden, who may or may not have been the victim of the aforementioned human sacrifice. She now rests, covered in tiny, glittering crystals, and fused to the floor of the cave. You’ll never look at your little cousin’s rhinestones the same way again.

  • 4. The Island of the Dolls, Mexico

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    As the story goes, a man named Don Julian Santana’s day was ruined about five decades ago, when he discovered the body of a little girl washed up on the shore of his island. He promptly went completely insane and spent the rest of his life hanging washed up dolls in the trees in order to appease the restless spirit of the girl. Hence the name, “La Isla de las Munecas.”

    Unsurprisingly, this story doesn’t have a happy ending. In 2001, Santana was found drowned in the river he had obsessed over for 50 years. His family now runs the site as a tourist attraction.

    Image: Flickr, Esparta Palma
  • 5. The Human Library, Sicily

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    The Catacombe dei Cappuccini were originally intended as a place for friars to mummify and store themselves until the Second Coming, but soon became the trendy burial site for local elite.

    Now, dressed in their finest death garbs, these mummies are on display in individual shelves throughout the ossuary. Like books. This creepy gesture was a sign of status; only the wealthy could afford display space for their embalmed bodies.

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  • 6. The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia

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    Humans are fascinated by weird things, but sometimes obsession goes a little too far. Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter spent his medical career dealing with the weirdest of the weird in diseases and deformities. After he died, his collection was released and expanded for the public to view.

    Walk into the Mutter Museum today and you are surrounded by a bloated ovary the size of a soccer ball, a wall of deformed heads and a two-headed baby preserved in formaldehyde, among other oddities.

    Image: Flickr, Alex Lau
  • 7. The Ghost City, China

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    According to Chinese mythology, the pure of heart go to Heaven when they die, but the evil go to Diyu, the concept of hell. The Ghost City of Fengdu is modeled after that realm.

    The city boasts scores of graves and shrines, evil-looking statues and a bridge that supposedly ejects evil people into the water when they try to cross, kind of like on Wipeout.

    Fengdu is also rumored to be the prime chill-out spot for the King of Hell, and attracts tourists in fanny packs from all over the world.

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  • 8. The Cursed Resort, Taiwan

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    Stacks of rusting, saucer-shaped pods blemish an otherwise pleasant-looking field, in San Zhi, Taiwan.

    These pods have been abandoned since their construction in the late ’70s — not because they look like an architect had just discovered ’60s drug culture, but instead because the land is supposedly cursed.

    In the 17th century, locals laid siege to the site’s previous occupant, Fort Zeelandia, in an uprising against oppressive Dutch settlers, massacring hundreds of men, women and children.

    The area has since seen countless strange accidents, car crashes and deaths. On top of that, construction workers chopped a remaining lucky dragon statue in half right to make way for the resort.

    The Taiwanese government to this day refuses to talk about San Zhi.

    Image: Flickr, Carrie Kellenberger
  • 9. The Painted Skulls of Hallstatt, Austria

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    In a tiny building behind the Hallstatt Catholic Church, there are 1200 human skulls.

    In what has been called a “charming” ceremony, 10 to 15-year-old Hallstattian corpses are dug up, sun-bleached, and decorated, arts ‘n crafts style, with images important to their family members.

    Nothing says “vacay” like being in a room with 2400 graffitied eye sockets staring at you.

  • 10. The Lome Fetish Market, Togo

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    The African nation of Togo is only known for a few things: its tropical weather, its fascinating woodcarvings and its crazy underground voodoo bazaar.

    The bazaar is chock-full of dead cats, dogs, monkeys … pretty much dead everything. These items can be used for anything from voodoo to home decor, depending on whether or not your drapes go well with the musky scent of death.

    Image: Flickr, Julius Cruickshank
  • 11. The Mummy Museum, Mexico

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    In the 1800s, a cholera outbreak in Guanajuato, Mexico killed hundreds of people. As a result, overcrowded cemeteries became such a problem that the government levied an ongoing tax against the families of those occupying local graves.

    Relatives left with the tax either thought this was unacceptable or just didn’t have the income to pay, so their relatives were dug up and embalmed.

    While this practice was discontinued in 1958, a museum full of these corpses remains. Tourists can witness dozens of cholera victims at a time for just 52 pesos a pop.

    Image: Flickr, Russ Bowling
  • 12. The Suicide Forest, Japan

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    Those who live near Aokigahara Suicide Forest say there are three types of people that visit: sightseers who just want to check out the Fuji mountainside, the morbidly curious, and the people who are not expected to ever return.

    These woods are the second most popular place of suicide in the world, following the Golden Gate Bridge. Between 10 and 80 people end their lives in the “Sea of Trees” each year.

    Anti-suicide signs are scattered throughout the area proclaiming things like, “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” or “Please consult the police before you decide to die!”

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  • 13. The Bone Church, Czech Republic

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    Like many other locations on this list, the citizens of Sedlec, Czech Republic ran into the issue of having more dead bodies than they knew what to do with. While the French stacked them into piles and the Austrians painted them, the Czech priests decided to use the bones for decor.

    In 1870 they brought in a master woodcarver named Frantisek Rint to put the bones in order. As a result of his work, the church is now covered — from steps to steeple — in bone art. More than 40,000 skeletons are arranged into designs, including a cross, the Schwarzenberg coat of arms and an amazing, giant chandelier composed of at least one of each type of human bone.

    Source: http://mashable.com/2013/10/17/scary-attractions/