Impossibly Chic

by Erica Birmingham

The Television Center in Almaty (Alma-Ata), Kazakhstan, 1996. The building was built during the Soviet Era. The design recalls the Persian muqarnas (complicated geometric niches and domes clad in tiles or mirror) of the mosques and madrasas of Registan, Bukhara, and Khiva. The style was adapted to the cityscape by using metal cladding and glass.

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The three Pyramids of Giza are reflected in a pool of water, September 1926.
Jules Gervais Courtellemont

The three Pyramids of Giza are reflected in a pool of water, September 1926.


Jules Gervais Courtellemont

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Survival trainees set off a smoke signal in Colorado, May 1953.
Volkmar K. Wentzel

Survival trainees set off a smoke signal in Colorado, May 1953.

Volkmar K. Wentzel

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Neon signs blur the night scene as marines walk on the street in San Diego, California, July 1969. 
James L. Amos

Neon signs blur the night scene as marines walk on the street in San Diego, California, July 1969. 

James L. Amos

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A US soldier, using a gun-mounted infrared targeting laser, marked a landing zone for incoming transport helicopters as soldiers with the 509th Infantry Division and the 3rd Infantry’s Aviation Brigade launched a joint air assault on July 15, 2007 in Iskandariya, Iraq
shot by Benjamin Lowy

A US soldier, using a gun-mounted infrared targeting laser, marked a landing zone for incoming transport helicopters as soldiers with the 509th Infantry Division and the 3rd Infantry’s Aviation Brigade launched a joint air assault on July 15, 2007 in Iskandariya, Iraq

shot by Benjamin Lowy

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The glitz and glitter of Memphis’ Beale Street radiates energy like no other, February 1997. Photograph by William Albert Allard

The glitz and glitter of Memphis’ Beale Street radiates energy like no other, February 1997. Photograph by William Albert Allard

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Pedestrians walk on bustling Dotombori Street in Osaka, Japan, March 1970. Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie, National Geographic Creative

Pedestrians walk on bustling Dotombori Street in Osaka, Japan, March 1970. Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie, National Geographic Creative

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