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April 30, 2012

Photos of The 1992 Los Angeles Riots

On April 29, 1992, a jury in Ven­tura County ac­quit­ted four LAPD of­ficers of beat­ing Rod­ney G. King. The beating, caught on am­a­teur video­tape, sparked a na­tion­al de­bate about po­lice bru­tal­ity and ra­cial in­justice. After the verdict, angry crowds gathered on street corners across Los Angeles. The in­ter­sec­tion of Florence and Normandie in South L.A. became the flash point, but it was a scene eer­ily re­peated in many parts of the city in the hours that fol­lowed.

April 29, 2012

Stealthy Street Photography by the Czech Secret Police

In the 1970s and 80s the Czechoslovakian secret police, among other things, were charged with surveying the population without their consent or, for that matter, knowledge. Taking pictures from under coats or inside suitcases, the secret police kept tabs on the goings on of the general public. And while the act itself is voyeuristic and creepy, the pictures turned out surprisingly well.

All of the images are featured in a new book entitled Prague Though the Lens of the Secret Police published by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.

The History of Space Photography

Photograph of Great Comet of 1882, Nov. 14, 1882 (Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa).

First view of the Earth from the moon, photographed by Lunar Orbiter 1. The spacecraft was about 730 miles above a portion of the moon not visible from our planet. Aug. 23, 1966.

A photograph of Earth taken from Apollo 17, 1972.

A view from the Infrared Astronomical Satellite of nearly the entire heavens in false color.

Entire surface of Venus from Magellan, which was in orbit Aug. 10, 1990, to Oct. 12, 1994.

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