Photos

What Cities Looked Like Before the EPA

Whatever happens to the Environmental Protection Agency, it has a clear legacy in cities.

The Sign Painters of New Orleans

A distinctive local tradition is kept alive by a handful of mostly older black artists.

The Cities That Have Risen From Ruins

Whether they’ve been leveled by wars or earthquakes, cities don’t tend to stay wastelands forever.

The Equestrians of North Philly

How a riding club counters crime with horses.

Mexico City's Endless Commute

Every day, workers across the region endure some of the world’s most crowded streets and subway cars for higher wages in the city center.

New York's Early Skyscrapers, Transplanted to Paris

The Haussmanhattan blog shows what Manhattan-On-Seine might have looked like.

The World-Class Art of New York's Second Avenue Subway

Vik Muniz, Chuck Close, and others have made the soon-to-be-opened line into something like an underground museum.

The Freeway Bridge For Atlanta's Skateboarders

Crackdowns on the city’s skaters have come in waves, but Black Blocks has remained a safe haven through it all.

Journeying to Rikers Island by Bus

This photo series depicts an unseen side of the criminal justice system: its effect on the families of incarcerated people.

The Bridge Debate That Ruined a Neighborhood

Sandwich—located in the west end of Windsor—has suffered from a Detroit trucking magnate’s vision neither U.S. nor Canadian officials support.

Riding the Bus for a Slice of Old Portland

The #75 TriMet is a lifeline for many in the rapidly changing city—a link between old and new, despair and hope.

Hanoi's Street Vendors, Seen From Above

A Dutch photographer highlights the beauty of local commerce.

Images of One of New York's Last Industrial Neighborhoods

As Jerome Avenue faces redevelopment, a group of photographers is documenting workers along the Bronx thoroughfare.

What the Criminal Justice System Looks Like Across the Globe

In Law & Order, Jan Banning photographs jails in Uganda, France, Colombia, and the United States.

The Global Water Crisis, in Pictures

The photographer Mustafah Abdelaziz documents sustainability and inequality across the world.

The Women Who Rule Mexico City

The inner-city barrios have had female leaders for decades.

The Families Displaced by the Rio Olympics

The photographer Marc Ohrem-Leclef documents the effects of forced evictions in the favelas.

Documenting Scenes of Modern Revolution

Jessica Lehrman’s photographs capture the strength of protests, from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter.

The Zenlike Beauty of Seoul's 27 River Bridges

A photographer investigates the massive, mysterious underbellies of Han River overpasses.

Where the Refugees Live

Marco Tiberio photographs the "Architecture of Exodus"—the hand-built homes where Europe’s migrants await asylum.