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At their core, tax havens serve those who wish to avoid the legal and regulatory scrutiny (and tax burden) of their home countries. They enable companies to channel massive sums of money around the world, using byzantine structures of shell companies and sheltered accounts.

Photographers Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti have spent the past three years gaining access to this secretive world, and for much of that time they labored over how to visually represent something that is often invisible by design. The images they collected in their book, The Heavens, are remarkable for what they reveal but are even more evocative because of what we know lies beneath the surface.

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