Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Photo section.

  • The Vietnam War, Part III: Hands of a Nation
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    The Vietnam War, Part III: Hands of a Nation

    The photojournalist Eddie Adams, who covered the Vietnam War for the Associated Press, not only captured the action and chaos but took the time to get up close to the Vietnamese people whenever he could.

  • The Vietnam War, Part II: Losses and Withdrawal
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    The Vietnam War, Part II: Losses and Withdrawal

    Tactically, the 1968 Tet Offensive was a huge loss for the North, but it marked a significant turning point in public opinion and political support, leading to a drawdown of U.S. troop involvement, and eventual withdrawal in 1973.

  • The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation
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    The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation

    Fifty years ago, in March 1965, 3,500 U.S. Marines landed in South Vietnam, the first American combat troops on the ground in a conflict that had been building for decades.

  • Photos of the Week: 3/21-3/27
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    Photos of the Week: 3/21-3/27

    This week, we have photos of the Germanwings flight crash scene, preparations for launch at the Baikonur cosmodrome, a sinkhole in New Jersey, unrest and airstrikes in Yemen, Alaskan Wood bison returning to the wild, the last Jew in the Turkish town of Edirne, a memorial to Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, and much more.

  • On This Day 36 Years Ago: The Signing of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty
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    On This Day 36 Years Ago: The Signing of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty

    Thirty-six years ago, on March 26, 1979, Egypt and Israel signed a historic peace treaty that has held to this day.

  • The Big Thaw
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    The Big Thaw

    Friday was the vernal equinox, the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, despite continued wintry conditions in a few places (I'm looking at you, New England).

  • A Virtual Drive Through Bhutan
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    A Virtual Drive Through Bhutan

    I'd like to show you a few views of Bhutan, its remarkable landscape, and colorful architecture, courtesy of Google's Street View team (with links, so you can explore more on your own).

  • A European 'Supertide'
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    A European 'Supertide'

    Part of France's North Atlantic coast and southwestern England braced for their first giant tide of the millennium on Saturday as the alignment of the sun and the moon created an ocean surge not seen since 1997.

  • Photos of the Week: 3/14-3/20
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    Photos of the Week: 3/14-3/20

    This week, we take a look at the recent solar eclipse, the Bedlam burial ground in London, a dragster broken in half, the terrorist attack in Tunisia, protests against the European Central Bank, frozen hair in the Yukon, a monstrous statue in Seoul, and much more.

  • Animals in the News
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    Animals in the News

    It's time once again for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet, a roundup of animals in the news from recent months, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers.

  • Category 5 Cyclone Pam Devastates Vanuatu
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    Category 5 Cyclone Pam Devastates Vanuatu

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu late on March 13, packing wind gusts of up to 320 kilometers (200 miles) an hour, causing widespread damage in the archipelago nation in the South Pacific Ocean.

  • The Battle for Tikrit
    Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

    The Battle for Tikrit

    For the past two weeks, 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and police officers, and several paramilitary popular-mobilization units have been advancing on the city of Tikrit and the surrounding ISIS-held territory north of Baghdad.

  • Photos of the Week: 3/7-3/13
    Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

    Photos of the Week: 3/7-3/13

    This week, we take a look at a rocket motor test in Utah, a crackdown on student protests in Burma, fatal urban encounters for a leopard in India and a cougar in California, a crude oil train wreck in Ontario, a mummified frozen body found on a glacier on a Mexican volcano, Syrians digging caves for shelter from the continuing government air attacks, and much more.

  • 50 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1965
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    50 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1965

    A half-century ago, the war in Vietnam was escalating, the space race was in full swing, the Rolling Stones were on a world tour, the bravery of those who marched to Selma led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act, and the St. Louis Arch was completed.

  • Smithsonian Magazine's 2014 Photo Contest
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    Smithsonian Magazine's 2014 Photo Contest

    The editors of Smithsonian magazine have just announced the finalists in their 12th annual photo contest, selected from more than 26,500 entries. They've kindly allowed me to share several of these images here.

  • Beauty in the Ceasefire: A Pageant in Donetsk
    Vadim Ghirda/AP

    Beauty in the Ceasefire: A Pageant in Donetsk

    Over the weekend in Ukraine's breakaway republic of Donetsk, self-proclaimed authorities celebrated International Women's Day by holding a beauty pageant. The contestants were all female soldiers fighting with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

  • Photos of the Week: 2/28-3/6
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    Photos of the Week: 2/28-3/6

    This week we have images of Holi in India, a mine rescue in Ukraine, a public caning in Indonesia, Purim celebrations in London, Hawaii seen from orbit, the killing of the Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a robotic traffic cop in Kinshasa, a Benjamin Netanyahu cupcake, and much more.

  • The Symmetry and Shapes of Makha Bucha at Wat Dhammakaya
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    The Symmetry and Shapes of Makha Bucha at Wat Dhammakaya

    Thousands of Buddhists gathered at Thailand's Wat Dhammakaya on Wednesday to observe Makha Bucha, a religious holiday that marks the anniversary of Buddha's mass sermon to the first 1,250 newly ordained monks 2,558 years ago.

  • Beijing's Toxic Sky
    Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

    Beijing's Toxic Sky

    In Beijing, awareness of the dangers of the polluted sky is now on the rise, thanks to growing data on its air quality. China will "declare war on pollution," Premier Li Keqiang told parliament in an opening address in 2014. A tougher environmental law took effect on January 1, while a new environment minister took charge on Friday.

  • A Visit to Aoshima, a Japanese 'Cat Island'
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    A Visit to Aoshima, a Japanese 'Cat Island'

    Aoshima Island is one of about a dozen "cat islands" around Japan, small places where there are significantly more feline residents than people. In Aoshima more than a hundred cats prowl the island, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in the quiet fishing village.

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

A global look at the hardest and best job ever

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A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book

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The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"

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This Japanese Inn Has Been Open for 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.

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