Photo Essays

Artist Snaps Creepy New Photos of the NSA

The government is spying on photographer Trevor Paglen—so he’s spying right back. Paglen is known for taking illicit photos of mysterious official compounds like...

Building the Pentagon: Rare Photos

The Pentagon — and, by extension, the U.S. military — has become such a prominent and obvious symbol of American might over the years that it’s easy to forget...

Lower Manhattan: Where New York Was Born

What can anyone say about New York City that has not already been expressed by Hart Crane, Woody Allen, Elizabeth Bishop, Federico García Lorca, Walt Whitman,...

Year in Pictures: 2001

The World Trade Center and Pentagon tragedies produced astonishing twin images of heroism and destruction, capping a year full of photos that were truly...