Alan Taylor

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

  • Photos of the Week: 4/11-4/17
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    Photos of the Week: 4/11-4/17

    This week, we have images of a visit to Coachella, raging fires in Siberia, Yazidi New Year celebrations, a burning Boeoegg in Zurich, the World Pole Dance Championships in Beijing, a gyrocopter on the the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the Paris Marathon, a robot from the new Star Wars movie, bubbles in Egypt, and much more.

  • The Cherished Empty Bedrooms of the Sewol Ferry Victims
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    The Cherished Empty Bedrooms of the Sewol Ferry Victims

    Tomorrow will mark the one-year anniversary of the sinking of the ferry Sewol off the coast of South Korea, and the loss of more than 300 people, including 250 students. Some of the families of those students have kept their children’s bedrooms intact to remember and honor their loved ones.

  • And Then There Was One
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    And Then There Was One

    Across China, where new developments are keeping pace with the rapidly growing economy, reports continue to surface so-called "nail houses."

  • The Vrontados Rocket War
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    The Vrontados Rocket War

    Every year, during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations, members of rival churches sitting across a small valley stage a traditional "rocket war" by firing thousands of homemade rockets towards each other while services are held in the Greek village of Vrontados.

  • Photos of the Week: 4/4-4/10
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    Photos of the Week: 4/4-4/10

    In this week's edition, we have images of Godzilla in Tokyo, the Battle of Appomattox in Virginia, David Cameron feeding a lamb in England, an open-air crack cocaine market in Rio, snorkeling past sheep in Israel, tornado damage in Illinois, a massive pillow fight in Budapest, a whirlwind of volcanic ash in Indonesia, and much more.

  • The Weird Logistics of Horse Surgery
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    The Weird Logistics of Horse Surgery

    In Istanbul, Turkey, a state-of-the-art hospital for hundreds of horses is run by the Jockey Club of Turkey at Veliefendi Hipodromu, the country's oldest racetrack.

  • Devastating Floods Hit Northern Chile
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    Devastating Floods Hit Northern Chile

    Unusually heavy thunderstorms brought torrential rainfall to northern Chile's Atacama desert last week, flooding one of the driest regions in the world.

  • Future Soldiers of Israel
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    Future Soldiers of Israel

    The Associated Press photographer Oded Balilty recently followed a group of teenage boys in Israel as they prepared to join the Israeli military.

  • In Syria: Four Years of War
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    In Syria: Four Years of War

    For more than four years now, Syrians have endured the loss and hardship caused by a protracted civil war. Nearly four million Syrians have fled the country, filling refugee camps in neighboring countries.

  • Earth Hour 2015
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    Earth Hour 2015

    A week ago, on Saturday, March 28, iconic landmarks and skylines were plunged into darkness as people and businesses around the world participated in Earth Hour 2015, turning off their lights at 8:30 p.m. local time.

  • Photos of the Week: 3/28-4/3
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    Photos of the Week: 3/28-4/3

    This week we have images of a fuel tank fire in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a massive live-in sculpture of a woman in Tijuana, Mexico, the recapturing of Tikrit, Iraq, from ISIS fighters, Holy Week in Spain, election celebrations in Nigeria, Typhoon Maysak seen from orbit, a wooden car in India, flooding in Chile, the troubled tunnel-boring machine Bertha in Seattle, and much more.

  • The American West Dries Up
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    The American West Dries Up

    The severity of the drought in California and across the West has already reached record levels in many places. Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Utah-Arizona border, is currently at 45 percent of capacity and is at risk of reaching the lowest level on record by September.

  • 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.

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