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The Crossroads for a More Peaceful Bronx

Decades after photographing its abandoned buildings and makeshift playgrounds, Camilo José Vergara sees an unmatched contrast between past and present in the economically devastated borough.

‘Up to Lexington, One, Two, Five’

Camilo José Vergara takes his camera to the intersection Lou Reed sang about in 1967.

When Caribbean Culture Meets Gentrification

Camilo José Vergara takes his camera to Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood.

The Indigenous Voice of Mexico City

Slowly, native culture seems to be emerging from the shadows.

The Malcolm X Murals of America

Thirty years ago, his likeness could be found in many poor, minority communities. Today, these images are disappearing as the buildings they were painted on have either collapsed or have been demolished.

Life in 'The Hub'

Street fashion trends spotted in this part of the Bronx often spread to the rest of the world. Its diversity and density make it beautiful and memorable.

The Hidden Workers of New Delhi's Shiny Satellite City

A French photographer captures the disconnect between the promise and the reality in the Indian capital’s hyper-privatized township.

A Mexican Village Where Aztec-Era Agriculture Remains

“We could solve the subsistence problem ourselves without asking anything of the government...” says an owner of 12 chinampas. “If things continue like this the chinampa economy will have disappeared completely in 20 years.”

A man walks by a Black Panther poster in 1990s Harlem.

The Black Panther Party’s History of Urban Street Art

The group’s Minister of Culture designed posters that were glued on the walls of decaying buildings in mostly black and Latino neighborhoods.

Mexico City Police Emergency Officer in a hazmat suit

The Many Police Forces of Mexico City

A glimpse into the often maligned and rarely appreciated police forces that manage the megacity.

A tudor home with a chimney in the middle of the exterior.

Homes Are a Language of Self-Expression in Queens

Photographer and architect Rafael Herrin-Ferri explores the borough’s expressive architecture.

Two different Eiffel Towers rise above manicured lawns. The one on the left is an image from Tianducheng, a city in China, and the one on the right is an image from Paris.

Which One Is Paris?

Francois Prost’s new photo series looks at Tianducheng, a town built to look exactly like the City of Lights.

'Happy Holidays!' From New York's Parking Garages

For tourists in Midtown looking for the True Spirit of Christmas, photographer Chris Maggio knows just where to go.

Buckminster Fuller's Biosphere as it appeared during Montreal's Expo 67.

In Quebec, Buckminster Fuller's Domed Dreams Live On

A show in Montreal focuses on the province’s forgotten history with the geodesic dome leading up to Expo 67.

Rockingham Speedway in North Carolina

A Highway to Progress, Foiled By Old Values

A Carolinian drives along a familiar road to make sense of what exists in between the South’s most regressive and progressive narratives.

Diableros, loaders of goods and merchandise, walk through the aisles of La Merced, one of the oldest and biggest traditional markets within Mexico City.

A Day in the Life of Mexico City's 'Diableros'

A profession that dates back to Aztec times, most today are indigenous farmers on the grey divide between migration and seasonal work in the city.

A New Look Inside the Cities of North Korea

Amidst heightened political tensions, city life in the hermit kingdom goes on.

A traditional band of performers poses for a photo during the celebration of Santiago Apostol in Iztapalapa.

Keeping Village Traditions Alive In a Megacity

Religious events help maintain organizational frameworks and a sense of identity in the formerly rural and mostly indigenous areas that now form Iztapalapa—Mexico City’s largest district. There’s honor to be had for the few who get to organize such events.

Nadar and his photographs of the underground infrastructure of 19th-century Paris.

Photographing Haussmann's Paris

Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, known as “Nadar,” dared to take his camera out of the studio in the mid-1800s and into the skies and sewers of the city.

Panoramic view of Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl.

How a Slum Became a City

Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl was developed on top of the swampy remains of Lake Texoco by dubious subdividers after World War II. Thanks to some of its earliest residents, “Neza” has become a thriving hub of culture and commerce with running water and paved roads just outside Mexico’s capital.