Photo Essay

Photo Essay

The Real Sochi

What you won't see on TV when you tune into Russia's Winter Olympics.

Rob Hornstra |

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'I Am Fundamentally an Optimist'

With Nelson Mandela's death, a look back at the South African leader's legendary life -- in his own words.

Marya Hannun |

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Gulag Ink

Decoding the world of Russian prison tattoos.

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On the Road to Pushkar

Every fall, a small band of nomadic Indian traders descend on Rajasthan's great camel bazaar to sell their herd and buy new stock.

Brent Lewin |

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Once Upon a Time on the Road to Mecca

By ship across the Red Sea or by camel caravan across the desert, incredible turn-of-the-century images of the world's greatest pilgrimage.

Lydia Tomkiw |

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Burma Illuminated

Scenes of a changing Myanmar.

SIM CHI YIN |

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Kony 2013

As if the murderous LRA leader Joseph Kony weren’t bad enough, now he’s poaching elephants.

Kasper Agger |

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Postcards from Hell, 2013

Living on the edge in the world's worst places.

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The Handover

Photos of U.S. forces training the men now responsible for winning America's longest war.

Photo Essay |

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Tieless in Tehran

The best of Iranian political fashion.

Karim Sadjadpour |

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Once Upon a Time in Beijing

China's capital in the Age of Empire.

Park Macdougald |

Photo Essay

Aleppo International

Exclusive photos of the block-by-block battle for the biggest prize in Syria's biggest city.

Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin |

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Cherry Season in Aleppo

The struggle for normalcy in Syria's civil war.

Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin |

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Engineering Terror

Ten notorious attacks attributed to Hezbollah's shadowy mastermind.

Marya Hannun |

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Once Upon a Time in Pyongyang

Rare images of Korea before the Kims.

Marya Hannun |

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Once Upon a Time in Baghdad

71 years before the war that nearly destroyed it.

Marya Hannun |

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The One Thing

The one item Syrian refugees made sure to grab before leaving home.

Brian Sokol |

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Stopping a Madman

A year after the Kony 2012 campaign became a viral sensation, war correspondent David Axe and illustrator Tim Hamilton capture the long, dysfunctional crusade to take down Joseph Kony in graphic-journalism form.

David Axe |

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Good News from the Hindu Kush

How Afghanistan has changed for the better after more than a decade of war.

Elizabeth F. Ralph |

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New Heights

What self-portraits atop skyscrapers can tell us about today's cities.

Ahn Jun |

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The Legion of Real-Life Supervillains

What if the world's most notorious villains -- real and imagined -- teamed up?

Bily Mariano da Luz |

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The Politics of Qat

How one plant explains Yemen's dysfunction.

Peer Gatter |

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Once Upon a Time in Seoul

Remarkable images of South Korea, before Samsung and PSY.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

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La Frontera

Weaving above, below, and across the U.S.-Mexico border over the course of a year, a photographer captures the violence and trauma of a deadly drug war and those caught in its crossfire.

Louie Palu |

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My Enemy, Myself

Who's your enemy? Why fight? Over the course of three years, Belgian-Tunisian photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa has traveled to both sides of the world's longest-simmering conflicts to ask these pointed questions. What he heard from combatants in the Gaza Strip, the disputed Kashmir region along the India-Pakistan border, and tribally divided South Sudan captures the futility of wars that never end -- and can't be won. Tragically, bitter rivals are often fighting for the very same reasons.

Karim Ben Khelifa |

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Instagramming Iran

Touring the Islamic Republic through the one social network it hasn't cracked down on yet.

Holly Dagres |

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A Yemen Built for Two?

In their quest to unify the country after the Arab Spring, Yemen's new leaders are confronting a major obstacle: calls for secession.

Luke Somers |

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Vanishing Shanghai

Meet the people left behind amid the boom in China's largest city.

Howard W. French |

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Like Every Day

Shadi Ghadirian's unique take on the inner lives of Iranian women.

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Golden Buddha, Hidden Copper

Twelve years after the Taliban blew up the world-famous Bamiyan Buddhas, a Chinese mining firm -- developing one of the world's largest copper deposits -- threatens to destroy another of Afghanistan's archeological treasures.

Lois Parshley |