Photo Essays

See San Francisco Before the Tech Boom

Today, South of Market, a wedge-shaped neighborhood in northwest San Francisco, is home to tech giants such as Twitter and Airbnb, but for most of its existence...

Documenting Drug Addiction in Kabul

Following his recent graduation from the University College of London, Souvid Datta’s first assignment was in Kabul, Afghanistan. In between his time...

Ralph Morse: Photographer Spotlight

[Note: Ralph Morse died on Dec. 7, 2014, at his home in Florida. He was 97. No photographer in the history of LIFE magazine had a more varied, thrilling and...

The Most Surprising Photos of 2014

While the culture of social media did its best to ensure that 2014 had its fair share of entertaining, captivating and, above all, shareable photo moments,...

LIFE at the 1948 London Olympics

Taking place just three short years after the end of the Second World War, when much of London — and indeed, much of Europe — was still rebuilding after the...

London's Tube After Midnight

The world's oldest underground railway, the London Underground, is undergoing a multibillion-pound upgrade. We mind the gap and take a peek at the work. Photos...

Twiggy: Rare Photos of a Sixties Icon

London in the late-1960s was as central to the look and feel of that fabled era as any place on earth. The music that emerged from England (the Beatles, the...

The Secrets of London's Buried Bones

Ancient skeletons in a new exhibition at London's Wellcome Collection reveal how Londoners once lived. Photographs courtesy of the Museum of London/Wellcome...