Posts by Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and reading while cuddling with her cat Georgia.
February 19, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Has Landed on Mars in Search of Ancient Life

As of Thursday, February 18, 2020, NASA‘s fifth ever Mars rover has successfully landed on the dusty red planet. After an almost seven month journey across the 292.5 million miles separating Mars from Earth, NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover is ready to begin its first two-year mission around the Jezero Crater area. This ancient lakebed may hold fossils proving there once really were living Martian organisms.

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February 16, 2021

Robert Irwin Wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s People’s Choice Award

Photographing the natural world is an art form with a side of science. Whether they are identifying species or capturing the effects of climate change, wildlife photographers immerse themselves in their surroundings, and the are awarded for their incredible images every year. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year—developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London—is a prestigious competition that has drawn nature photographers from around the world for decades.

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February 14, 2021

Photographer Reveals a Cyberpunk View of Tokyo by Wandering the Neon-Lit Streets at Night

City nights have long enchanted artists. Vincent Van Gogh once painted a Café Terrace at Night, with unidentifiable guests taking late-night libations under golden light. Modern photographers too are drawn to the dramatic illuminations and shadowy figures of urban evenings. French photographer and artistic director Aishy has found inspiration in the neon-paneled streets of Tokyo.

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February 10, 2021

Man Discovers Hidden Attic Full of Historic Photos, Including One of Susan B. Anthony

The historic regions of upstate New York are excellent places to go antiquing—old treasures often turn up in unlikely places. For one antiques enthusiast, the find of a lifetime was waiting for him in the attic of a building he purchased in the small town of Geneva. A lawyer named David J. Whitcomb bought the older building to expand his law practice.

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