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Benton Murdoch Spruance/The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

The Art of the Crowd

A new exhibition explores how the masses of 20th-century America pushed artists in new directions.

Dan and Dennis Robbins/NWS

Idaho Is Visited by Extremely Rare Snow Doughnuts

These bizarre cylinders self-form in just the right snow and wind conditions.

Craig Ward

Gross Yet Stunning Portraits of NYC Subway Bacteria

A Brooklyn-based typographer took samples from all 22 lines to culture and photograph their distinctive (and colorful) germs.

NASA

Winter Storm Jonas, From Outer Space

A stunning NASA photo shows the record snowstorm as seen from the International Space Station.

Nguan

Singapore in Pastel

“I’m doing more for the country’s image overseas than our tourist promotion board,” says the photographer Nguan. “I’m a better liar than they are.”

REUTERS/Toby Melville

A Festival of Light Transforms London Into a Canvas

See the generally dignified Westminster Abbey transmuted into a riot of a kaleidoscopic color.

Google Maps

Take a Trip Inside the Teeniest, Tiniest Transit System

Ride the world’s largest model railway in Hamburg, Germany—without leaving your computer chair.

UNHCR/Christopher Herwig

Recapturing the Grandeur of Syria's Lost Landmarks, in Miniature

The replicas are made with clay, rocks, kebab skewers, and other basic materials found in the Za'atari camp in Jordan.

REUTERS/Charles Platiau

A Drainage Project Reveals the Secrets of a Paris Canal

A brief and recent history of the 10th arrondissement, told in garbage.

black shops with tiny white writing

The Latest Scourge of London Gentrification Is Black Stores With Tiny White Signs

You'll need to squint to make out what these self-consciously twee retailers are actually saying.

Gideon Mendel

Faces of a Flood-Stricken World

Gideon Mendel’s portraits of flood victims, from Thailand to Germany to Haiti, reveal the personal devastation caused by natural disasters.

James and Karla Murray

Photographing New York's Endangered Mom and Pop Stores

A new book, Store Front II, expands the quest to document family-owned businesses before they disappear.

David Maisel

The 'Apocalyptic Sublime' of Spain's Surreal Landscapes

Ashen borax fields, abandoned urban developments, and more from photographer David Maisel.

© Louis Stettner, 2015

Photographing the People in New York's Old Penn Station

A new collection by Louis Stettner focuses on the travelers themselves—not just the iconic architecture.

REUTERS/Darrin Zammit

The 2015 Refugee Crisis, in Pictures

According to the United Nations, there haven’t been this many displaced people on earth since World War II.

The Megacity Initiative

How Rio's Museum of Tomorrow Complicates the City's Present

Santiago Calatrava’s dramatic design sets new standards for sustainable architecture. But it is also a massive symbol of deepening socioeconomic divides.

Cassandra Klos

Photographing Life on Mars, in Utah

Here’s what a photographer discovered when she spent two weeks at a Mars simulator.

AP Photo/Gregory Bull

A Look Inside the Largest Desalination Plant in the Western Hemisphere

The opening of the San Diego County facility may herald a new era in water use.

Asaf Kliger/Icehotel

A Swedish Village Built This Hotel Out of Solid Ice

Enjoy a freezing-cold welcome at the gorgeous and intricately carved Icehotel.