Mauritania – The Last Frontier

UIG contributing photographer Giovanni Merghetti sees the African nation of Mauritania as the last frontier, a place he has visited multiple times and a country he has discovered and explored by automobile.  His haunting and striking images of the people and places of Mauritania illuminate a nation seldom visited, discussed or otherwise known about. The Islamic […]

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Natural Patterns

By Francesca Lungarotti A pattern is a repeating decorative design, and the realm of nature is full of them. It seems trivial but it is quite surprising to observe how many design matrices exist around us that were created without any human intervention. Throughout history patterns have always influenced art and architecture.  Photography is the […]

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UN declares 21 November is World Television Day

‘World Television Day is not so much a celebration of the tool, but rather the philosophy which it represents. Television represents a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world.’ – United Nations Television has the power to inform, entertain the masses and through advertising – the means to market products for us to […]

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Empty Spaces, Full of Meaning

By Francesca Lungarotti As an image editor, I often come across images I would define as precious gifts for the soul. These images are not meant to be described but felt, and are accompanied by conceptual keywords that define the sensation they are capable of generating. These unique Images can subtly convey the subject they […]

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Curious Inventions – which would you pick?

by Matthew Pope ‘The value of an idea lies in the using of it.’ is a great quote by the famed inventor of the light bulb, motion film camera, phonograph and more – Thomas A Edison. You have an idea – so put it into practice, build it, try it! That is what inventors do. […]

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Vintage Travel Posters

Vintage travel posters evoke happy memories of family vacations, honeymoons, and open-eyed adventures around the world.  These wonderfully designed, bright and cheerful posters long ago crossed over from mere promotional works to become both sought-after art and collector’s items. Travel posters began in the early 20th century as effective advertisements for rail and cruise line companies.  Rail companies […]

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The Multi-Tasking Gargoyles

Throughout France and elsewhere in Europe, many gothic-inspired structures and cathedrals feature gargoyles adorning their exteriors.  Gargoyles are often fearsome, fantastical, and humorous and were originally included in gothic architectural design to serve two purposes – to scare off evil spirits and as waterspouts directing water drainage away from the structure. Curiously, no two gargoyles are […]

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Harnessing Power from Wind

This article continues a series of posts focused on UIG’s Mission 2022: Climate Change.  Help us build a comprehensive climate change collection by contributing content to UIG.  Contact us at Generating power from wind was originally developed in the United Kingdom and United States during 1887 and 1888.  Turbines first emerged following the invention of the electric generator […]

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Yeager breaks sound barrier!

Seventy-five years ago the sound barrier was broken by Chuck Yeager. It is October 14, 1947, over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California. A former WW2 flight officer named Chuck Yeager (1923-2020), a test pilot with the US Air Force sitting at the controls of a Bell X-1 rocket plane drops from the modified bomb bay […]

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Das Kapital – 155 years

This year marks 155 years since Das Kapital was first published in 1867. It is one of the major works of the 19th-century economist and philosopher Karl Marx (1818–83). It is essentially a description of how the capitalist system works and how, Marx claims, it will destroy itself and become the foundation of international communism. Marx had already set […]

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