Alan Taylor
Alan Taylor is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Photo section.
  • Photos of the Week: 5/16-5/22

    This week we have photos of an 80-foot-high tire in Michigan, dozens of Siberian students smashed into a car, two volcanic eruptions, yet another nail house in China, synchronized swimmers in a pond at the Chelsea Flower Show, a view from the top of the 104-story One World Trade Center, cows on the beach along the Mediterranean, a solar halo above Mexico, and much more.

  • The Spectacular Seda Monastery

    High in a treeless valley in China's remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture lies the largest Tibetan Buddhist school in the world.

  • An Oil Spill Fouls the California Coastline

    A pipeline burst yesterday, spilling an estimated 21,000 gallons (79,500 liters) of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara.

  • The Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 35 Years Ago

    On May 18, 1980, 35 years ago today, an earthquake struck below the north face of Mount St. Helens in Washington state, triggering the largest landslide in recorded history, and a major volcanic eruption that scattered ash across a dozen states.

  • Photos of the Week: 5/9-5/15

    This week, we have photographs of jet-men flying over Dubai, a spring snowstorm in Colorado, archery in the Amazon, airstrikes in Yemen, rebuilding in Nepal, migrant ships adrift in the Andaman sea and the Mediterranean, B-25 bombers over Washington, D.C., the Victory Day parade in Moscow, and much more.

  • Violence, Protests, and a Potential Coup in Burundi

    The president of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, recently decided to run for a third term, despite a constitutional law prohibiting anyone from serving more than two terms. Violent protests erupted over the decision, leading to widespread clashes with police and armed forces.

  • 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

    The 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is under way, and entries will be accepted for another seven weeks, until June 30, 2015. First prize winner will receive an eight-day photo expedition for two, to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. National Geographic was once again kind enough to allow me to share some of the early entries with you here.

  • From Smiles to Terror: A Moment in Syria

    On May 6, Reuters photographer Bassam Khabieh was in Damascus, Syria, covering the arrival of a Red Crescent convoy carrying medical aid and supplies used for activities to give psychological support to children affected by the war.

  • The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis: Risking Everything for a Chance at a Better Life

    People from impoverished and war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and central and south Asia, continue to flee their homes in huge numbers, making perilous journeys to Europe, hoping for security, opportunity, and a new home.

  • Photos of the Week: 5/2-5/8

    This week we have photos of a shadow play in Seoul, a launch test of the SpaceX Crew Dragon, an espresso aboard the International Space Station, a horseback mobile library in Java, smuggled cockatoos in Indonesia,  an Iron Panda in Shenyang, John Kerry’s elephant selfie in Kenya, and much more.

  • The Saudi Arabia-Yemen War of 2015

    The recent civil war in Yemen prompted neighboring Saudi Arabia to intervene militarily six weeks ago, launching airstrikes, bombing targets from border stations, shelling from the sea, and establishing a blockade.

  • The Chinese Art of the Crowd

    After viewing news photographs from China for years, one of my favorite visual themes is "large crowds in formation."

  • Anger and Wonder on Display at Expo 2015

    Expo 2015 officially opened in Milan, Italy, on May 1. As visitors had their first views of pavilions and displays from countries and corporations around the world, thousands of "NoExpo" protesters took to the streets.

  • The Forgotten Pyramids of Meroë

    In a desert in eastern Sudan, along the banks of the Nile River, lies a collection of nearly 200 ancient pyramids - many of them tombs of the kings and queens of the Meroitic Kingdom which ruled the area for more than 900 years.

  • Photos of the Week: 4/25-5/1

    This week we have images from the disaster in Nepal, a pangolin released into the wild in Sumatra, the protests in Baltimore, a rainbow in Bolivia, unrest in Burundi, newlyweds in Egypt, May Day protests in Turkey, and much more.

  • Rescue and Recovery in Nepal

    Five days have passed since Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, and rescue teams are still discovering trapped victims alive in the rubble and rescuing them.

  • Winners of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

    Last week, the Sony World Photography Awards announced this year's list of winners.

  • The Day After: Cleaning Up in Baltimore

    On Tuesday, Baltimore residents began to clear the wreckage of rioting and fires that erupted the day before, after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody. People around Baltimore formed volunteer clean-up crews on Tuesday to help affected store owners, repair damaged structures, and clean streets strewn with debris.

  • Images of the Unrest in Baltimore

    On Monday afternoon the funeral for Freddie Gray took place in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray died last week from spinal injuries suffered while in Baltimore Police custody. After the funeral, against the wishes of the Gray family, some peaceful demonstrations took place, but other protests became violent, devolving into chaotic clashes.

  • The Ruins of Nepal

    Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital of Kathmandu on April 27 after Saturday's earthquake killed more than 3,700 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation.