Joe Booth -- livestock salesman in 1984 and lumberyard worker in 2005.

Time and Again

In 1984, Peter Feldstein set out to photograph everyone in Oxford, Iowa. Two decades later, he's doing it again, creating a portrait of heartland America

A Mount Rushmore of stardom: Gable (left) cracks a joke at the photographers expense with friends Heflin, Cooper and Stewart.

Grab a Drink With Hollywood's Stars

To photographer Slim Aarons, the biggest stars were auld acquaintances


Time Traveler

Smithsonian gets a new publisher

Aerial view of an amphitheater in Budapest, Hungary

Airborne Archaeology

The view from above can yield insights on the ground

A sportive thrill c. 1957.

Fashion Faux Paw

Richard Avedon's photograph of a beauty and the beasts is marred, he believed, by one failing

Louis Armstrong (at about 26 c. 1927) "as showing the world what jazz was all about," Driggs says.

Jazz Man

Louis Armstrong before he was Satchmo? A youthful Ella? For photographs of musicians great or obscure, just about everyone turns to Frank Driggs


Paris, Mon Amour

For photographer Robert Doisneau, finding an openly affectionate couple in the City of Light was as easy as falling in love

Homesteader Jack Whinery and his family lived in a "soddy"—a dugout home with log walls and sod roof. Electricity came to Pie Town in the 1940s; telephones in the '60s.

Savoring Pie Town

Sixty-five years after Russell Lee photographed New Mexico homesteaders coping with the Depression, a Lee admirer visits the town for a fresh slice of life


Man of Action

An eccentric photographer and a racehorse made history one day in 1878. The world would never look the same


Dazzle by the Dozen

A 1947 portrait by the renowned Irving Penn broke the fashion mold and celebrated an elegance all too rare today


Shooting Stars

Photographer Jack Pashkovsky disarmed Hollywood's royalty with his ardor and persistence


Profile in Courage

Fifteen years later, a photograph of an anonymous protester facing down a row of tanks in Beijing's Tiananmen Square still inspires astonishment

This image of the Sun's outermost layer, or corona, was taken June 10, 1998, by TRACE (Transition Region and Coronal Explorer). The Earth-orbiting NASA spacecraft, launched two months earlier, has an unobstructed view of the Sun eight months of the year. It is helping to solve the mystery of why the Sun's corona is so much hotter (3.6 million degrees Farenheit) than its surface (11,000 degrees Farenheit). TRACE is also shedding light on solar storms, which damage satellites and disrupt power transmissions.

Celestial Sightseeing

From Triton's active geysers to the Sun's seething flares, newly enhanced images from U.S. and foreign space probes depict the solar system as never before

After hearing about the attacks, Jenna Piccirillo took her son Vaughan and headed to the rooftop of her Brooklyn home.

September 11 From a Brooklyn Rooftop

Photographer Alex Webb captured a moment that showed, he says, the "continuity of life in the face of disaster"


Picture This

Five Categories, 50 Finalists, Six Winners


Shoot, Don't Call

Announcing our first-ever photo contest


Machine Dreams

A new exhibition reconsiders the industrial photographs of Margaret Bourke-White's early, "rapturous" period


The Big Picture

Our photographic collections showcase the world from the seafloor to the stars above


Grim and Beautiful

Learning to love complexity

The Blue Lagoon

Eye in the Sky

A French photographer's aerial portraits of Iceland's Blue Lagoon, cotton bales in Ivory Coast, a tulip field in Holland document a world of fragile beauty

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