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How do you think these ghostly photographs were made?

David Maisel is a visual artist who recently completed a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. It was there that he came across the museum's archive of X-rays, used in the process of conserving artwork. "The ghostly images of these X-rays," he writes, "seem to surpass the power of the original objects of art." And so he began to photograph them.

Maisel has photographed and scanned these X-rays to create an eerie body of work. The photos in his series, History's Shadow, explore his recurring themes of memory and excavation. According to Maisel, "They make the invisible visible, and express through photographic means the shape-shifting nature of time itself, and the continuous presence of the past contained within us." View his Web site to learn more.

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