Stalls and carts - whether the vendors lining the ancient Silk Road trading route, the oyster stalls of Roman London, or the Aztec food markets encountered by the Spanish conquistadores - selling indigenous, ready-to-eat snacks have been a feature of city life for millennia. What’s changed is the seriousness with which street cuisine is made, and served.

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Masters of the Siberian Steppe

11 Jun, 2019

The world of nomadic warriors, the Scythians, revealed in all its diversity.

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May Morris: A Remarkable Woman

11 Jun, 2019

Born in 1862, May Morris followed became an accomplished artist, but her life and work have been obscured: only recently has her talent been fully understood. We celebrate her contribution to art and activism.

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Drawing from Life

11 Jun, 2019

Edgar Degas’s interest in the day-to-day activities of ordinary people changed painting forever, while his commitment to drawing was no less radical.

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During a period of huge political tension between East and West, Harry Gruyaert photographed two worlds apparently in polar opposition – Las Vegas and Los Angeles in 1981, and Moscow in 1989. A new book reproduces almost 100 photographs from these series, over 70 for the first time.

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On the eve of World War Two, a Polish publisher took the unusual step of commissioning an advertising duo to illustrate some children’s verse. The result was a landmark in the history of picture books.

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In the over 70 years since the foundation of the world’s greatest photo agency, Magnum has achieved mythical status, becoming a byword for quality, integrity and arguably for photography itself. Its 91 members defy easy categorization, but together they share a commitment to photographic storytelling that transcends simplistic distinctions between art and reportage.

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Plywood is synonymous with flat-pack furniture or stacks of boards on a building site, but its remarkable versatility has made it indispensable in products from planes, cars and boats to architecture and furniture.

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Judging by the Cover

11 Jun, 2019

Founded in 1967 by Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and Peter Christopherson, Hipgnosis gained legendary status in graphic design, transforming the look of album art forever and winning five Grammy nominations for package design. This is the story of how art invaded the world of vinyl albums in the late 1970s.

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How do writers and citizens in the different countries of the world view their own past? What key events and influences shaped those perspectives? And how accurate are the views from foreign commentators? In 'Histories of Nations' leading writers and scholars from 28 countries give thoughtful, engaging accounts of their own nations history. Read an exclusive introductory extract here.

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