Topic: History

The Moon
The Backstory

The First Photograph of The Moon

In honor of the winter solstice, December 21, the shortest day and longest night of the year, LightBox present the story behind the first photograph ever taken of the moon.

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Lewis Wickes Hine via Library of Congress
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Tracking Down Lewis Hine’s Forgotten Child Laborers

In the last ten years, Joe Manning has tracked down the life stories of more than 350 child laborers in Lewis Hine’s documentary photography for the National Child Labor Committee.

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Granger
The Backstory

Mystery in the Sky: A Legendary Photo (Slowly) Gives Up Its Secrets

A new documentary film — and a previously unpublished image — shed light on one of the most famous, and most widely misinterpreted, photographs of the 20th century: ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper.’

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Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME / Original Image by Kermit Roosevelt / Library of Congress
Photo Essay

Bringing Color to Presidents Past

To commemorate President’s Day, TIME commissioned Swedish photo editor Sanna Dullaway to colorize portraits of 12 American Presidents from the past 150 years.

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Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative
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The Past Comes Alive: History in High-Definition

There’s always something interesting about history—it’s often just a matter of knowing where to find it. Shorpy.com highlights the noteworthy negatives of the Library of Congress in high-definition.

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Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME / Original image by Alexander Gardner / Library of Congress
The Backstory

A Vibrant Past: Colorizing the Archives of History

For this week’s issue of TIME, Sanna Dullaway digitally colorized archival images of America’s 16th president in hopes of bringing history to life. Here’s a look back on the iconic images she’s revisited.

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Martin Parr—Magnum
Out There

Portrait of a City: A Look at London

A new photo book by Taschen captures images of London from the Victorian era to the swinging ’60s and the present day.

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Jim Naughten for TIME
Photo Essay

The Way We Were: 1948 London Olympians Look Back

Olympic medalists from the 1948 games in London remember their experiences in the post-war ‘austerity’ Olympics. Even with a tiny budget and a war-worn country, the athletes managed to have a good time.

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Jeff Widener—AP
The Backstory

Tank Man Revisited: More Details Emerge About the Iconic Image

The story behind the iconic Tiananmen Square Tank Man photo didn’t end after the click of the shutter—the film had to be smuggled past Chinese soldiers in the underwear of an American college student named Kirk.

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©TIME, Photograph by Douglas R. Gilbert—LOOK Magazine/Courtesy Library of Congress
The Backstory

Behind the Cover: The Unseen Photos of Lenore and Mitt Romney

When Douglas Gilbert photographed Lenore Romney’s U.S. Senate campaign for LOOK Magazine in August of 1970, little did he know that one of his unused images would end up on the cover of TIME 42 years later.

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