Photo Essays

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Photographer Caroline Poiron tracks embryos of plant life from their origin on a farm in Hyderabad, India to the "doomsday" repository in Norway

For Richer or Poorer

India's booming economy might be the feel-good story of the year-but it's not the only story. Photographer Robert Nickelsburg looks at the growing gap between...

Earthquake in Iran, 1962: Amid the Ruins

Few people on Earth are as familiar with earthquakes as the citizens of Iran. Crisscrossed by a number of major fault lines and almost perpetually subject to...

Obama's First State Dinner

The First Family hosts India's PM Manmohan Singh and his wife, Gursharan Kaur, as the administration's first official state visitors Photographs for TIME by...

Record Snow Across Asia

From the streets of Beijing to the mountains of India, record snowfalls have brought daily life in many regions of northern Asia to a standstill this week

Oil Fires!

A series of deadly blazes have broken out in Australia, India and Puerto Rico

Asia's Monsoon

Some of the worst floods in memory strike parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal, killing hundreds and displacing millions

The Dalai Lama at Home

TIME photographer James Nachtwey visit the Tibetan leader at his private residence in exile in Dharamsala, India

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Hundreds of millions of people flocked outdoors on July 22 to watch the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, a 6-min. spectacle that was visible...