10 photo visualizations that reveal hidden worlds

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Mike Kelley depicts “nearly a day’s worth of aircraft movements merged into one visual experience.”
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Photography by Mike Kelley, from “PhotoViz,” Copyright Gestalten 2016

Sometimes you need more than a photo to tell a story.

Photoviz” is a collection of images that use long-exposure, mosaic, and other techniques to capture visual information in new ways.

“I am mesmerized by the images in this book,” writes data geek and editor Nicholas Feltron. “They reveal patterns and connections that are frequently invisible to the naked eye.”

We’ve gathered some of the highlights courtesy of Gestalten.


Bobby Neel Adams uses photo surgery to combine images of a mother and son.

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Photography by Bobby Neel Adams, from “PhotoViz,” Copyright Gestalten 2016

Marcus Lyon subtly combines images. He says: “The world is too fabulously complicated for me to say what I want in a single shot. So I bring multiple images together to create a greater truth.”

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Photography by Marcus Lyon, from “PhotoViz,” Copyright Gestalten 2016

Dennis Hlynsky digitally traces the paths of flying birds.

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Photography by Dennis Hlynsky, from “PhotoViz,” Copyright Gestalten 2016

Jean-Yves Lemoigne uses strobe lights and long exposures to capture a tennis stroke.

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Photography by Jean-Yves Lemoigne, from “PhotoViz,” Copyright Gestalten 2016

Richard Silver combines sequential photos to show the passage of time.

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Photography by Richard Silver, from “PhotoViz,” Copyright Gestalten 2016

Peter Funch combines photos to create imaginary scenarios.

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Photography by Peter Funch, from “PhotoViz,” Copyright Gestalten 2016

Alexey Titarenko depicts St. Petersburg after the fall of Communism, using long exposures to reduce crowds to smoke.

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Photography by Alexey Titarenko, from “PhotoViz,” Copyright Gestalten 2016

Michael Najjar fuses panoramic photos of cities to depict a complex, super-dense future.

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Photography by Michael Najjar, from PhotoViz, Copyright Gestalten 2016

Jenny Odell creates collages with satellite images.

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Photography by Jenny Odell, from “PhotoViz,” Copyright Gestalten 2016

“The boundaries of photoviz are not fixed, but I hope that its aspirations and importance are clear,” writes Feltron.

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Copyright Gestalten 2016

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