What’s Behind the World’s Most Visited Sights

1Statue of Liberty, New York, USA 

When visiting a monument such as the Taj Mahal, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the microcosm of these iconic sights. Photographer Oliver Curtis is seemingly unfazed by all the action and instead captures scenes that often go unnoticed by tourists, ones that are in the vicinity, but might as well be invisible.

In the series Volte-face, he presents images that look opposite to historic sites such as Stonehenge, the Mona Lisa, and Lenin’s Tomb. Often, these views are less than stunning, they’re used for storage, are heavily traveled roads, or are crowded with other people.

2Taj Mahal, Agra, India

3Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., USA

4Parthenon, Athens, Greece

5Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

6Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

7Mao Mausoleum, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China

8Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris, France

Lenin’s Tomb, Moscow, Russia

9Pyramid Of Khufu, Giza, Egypt

Great Wall of China, Mutianyu, ChinaGreat Wall of China, Mutianyu, China

10Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, USA

Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

11Stonehenge, Wiltshire, UK

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, VaticanSt. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Vatican

12‘Arbeit macht frei’ Gates, Auschwitz, Oświęcim, Poland

13White House, Washington D.C., USA

14Buckingham Palace, London, UK

15Colosseum, Rome, Italy

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