Photo Essays

Tough Guys: Faces of the NFL, 1938

In the fall of 1938, in the midst of the Great Depression, LIFE magazine published a feature on professional football titled, “Beefy Bruisers Make It Rival...

The Death of an American Icon

On Sept. 18, Boeing announced that it plans to shutter the massive Long Beach, Calif. plant where it builds the C-17, the military’s workhorse cargo plane. The...

LIFE Rides With the Hells Angels, 1965

From Jesse James and Butch Cassidy to Scarface and Tony Soprano, outlaws have always held a singularly ambiguous place in America’s popular imagination: we fear...

Pakistan’s Struggle for Power

Muhammad Ali is a fixture on the streets of Lyari Town, a notoriously lawless part of Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial capital. Ali has the Sisyphean task of...