Let’s hear it for the neighborhood hardware store. Here, amidst the nuts and bolts, we cultivate the potential to order things, places, communities, politics, and values — we might even say, to build and repair worlds.
When the Ground Gives Way
Seven years ago, a Louisiana petrochemical operation overlooked warnings and a 6,000-foot-deep cavern collapsed into a sinkhole at Bayou Corne. New photographs show the aftermath of disaster.
Disaster for the People, Bonanza for the State
The Riforma Fondiaria in postwar Italy was supposed to give landless peasants modern farms. An artist, an archeologist, and a historian set out to discover what the abandoned homesteads look like now.
Brasília and the Populist Frontier
In the late 1950s, the construction of Brazil’s new capital city was documented by government photographers who mythologized a new national identity.
David Goldblatt and the Indeterminate Landscape
The South African David Goldblatt spent seven decades photographing the still-unfinished project of building equitable cities, towns, and infrastructures in his nation — and beyond.
Our Unwitting Autobiography
A geographer puts on her social-scientist bifocals to photograph the signs of public yearning macro and micro, near and far, in a summer of protest in Washington, D.C.
Shabby Victorian Metropolis
The place is San Francisco. The time is the funky, unselfconscious interregnum after the Summer of Love and before the tech entrepreneurs.