What is it about masks that makes us think we are protected in that liminal time between the last harvest and the onset of winter? Or is it the license afforded by anonymity that attracts us to the practice of disguise? Whatever the power, we keep at it.

Photographs from 1875 to 1955, collected in Haunted Air, a book by Ossian Brown, artist, musician and composer, with a foreward by David Lynch:


Photos by Bryan Thomas courtesy of the New York Times, taken on October 31, 2013 in New York City:


Photographs by Phyllis Galembo for National Geographic, in Africa and Haiti: