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Issue #57: July 2017


Qayyarah, Iraq, 2016: Farmers flee ISIS territory with their herds of sheep.

Documenting the Anguish of War: An Interview With Photojournalist Paolo Pellegrin

After more than two peripatetic decades of assignments in the Balkans, Lebanon, Palestine, and Afghanistan, among many other places of conflict, photographer Paolo Pellegrin is still out there.

Glen Canyon Dam, Arizona.

When the Desert Pushes Back Against Human Engineering

Five landmarks in the American Southwest illustrate the limits of engineering the environment to human favor.


Editor in Exile

One of her reporters disappeared, a machete was lodged in her office door. Then came the death threats. As the top editor at the Maldives Independent, Zaheena Rasheed fought for the truth even as those in power worked against it.

Ifrah Mansour, writer and producer of the traveling one-woman show How to Have Fun in a Civil War, a semi-autobiographical multimedia play that explores Somalia's civil war through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl.

The Empowered Women of Little Mogadishu

A look at the Somali-American women who have risen to political power in Minnesota.

Flying over the impoundment structure at Rocky Branch coal mine in Saline County, Illinois.

A Look Inside the Coal Communities in the Illinois Basin

In the first half of the 20th century, coal communities across the Illinois Basin boomed. In 1990, new regulations set off an industry implosion, and the vitality of the region went with it.

Inside a Vietnamese hair salon in Houston, Texas.

Houston's Diversity Is America's Future

Influxes of African, Asian, and Latino Americans helped Houston's metro area avoid economic stagnation. Could an expected demographic shift on the national level end up reviving other troubled cities?


The Stories Behind Some of the World's Most Iconic Photographs

How nine photographers navigated floods, rubble, and suspicions of espionage to capture some of the most striking images of the last half-century.

Culture Pages

A Kodak disposable camera.

Objects That Matter: The Disposable Camera

Kodak embraced the ideals of the Progressive Era early on, aggressively marketing cameras to women from the outset with the launch of advertisements featuring the Kodak Girl—a pretty, camera-wielding woman—in 1893.


How Three Photographers Use Instagram to Share and Inform Their Work

Photos that demonstrate how the social media platform also functions as an artistic space.