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Photo Essays

New visions of the world we thought we knew.

Photo Essay: Pete Seeger's Life on the Hudson Photo Essay: Pete Seeger's Life on the Hudson
by Sarah van Gelder
In December 2007, YES! editor-in-chief Sarah van Gelder interviewed Pete Seeger in his home in Beacon, New York. Seeger showed Sarah his family photo albums, his DIY solar-powered car, and, of course, a whole wall filled with banjos.
Photo Essay: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Joins the Green Museum Movement Photo Essay: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Joins the Green Museum Movement
by YES! Online Staff
LEED certification is tricky for museums, which must carefully regulate temperature and humidity. That makes this brand new building in small-town Washington all the more remarkable.
Photographs from James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade Photographs from James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade
by Sedat Pakay, Charles Johnson
Sedat Pakay’s disarming photos of James Baldwin during his time in Turkey show a side of the great writer most of us have never seen.
The City is Our Canvas: A Bay Area Tour, in Murals The City is Our Canvas: A Bay Area Tour, in Murals
From the alleys of San Francisco to the streets of West Oakland, murals are cropping up throughout the Bay Area with themes as diverse as the artists who paint them.
Photo Essay: Israelis and Palestinians Join Up to Rebuild Homes Photo Essay: Israelis and Palestinians Join Up to Rebuild Homes
by Ben Guss
Volunteers from both the Jewish and Arab sides of the conflict join forces to rebuild homes demolished by the Israeli government.
Photo Essay: Portraits of Americans at Work Photo Essay: Portraits of Americans at Work
by Caleb Ferguson
Photographer Caleb Ferguson goes cross-country to document the diversity of the American workforce.
Libyan People to Americans: “This Is Not the Behavior of Our Islam” Libyan People to Americans: “This Is Not the Behavior of Our Islam”
Photo Essay: Amid the noise of escalating violence, Benghazi citizens speak for themselves: “This does not represent us.”
Yard Work Unplugged: Scything’s Quiet Comeback Yard Work Unplugged: Scything’s Quiet Comeback
by Doug Pibel
Photo Essay: Cut the grass—and the noise—with this rare opportunity to see YES! staffers work up a sweat!
Photos from YES! Magazine's 2nd Annual Celebration of People Power Photos from YES! Magazine's 2nd Annual Celebration of People Power
On Wednesday, Alice Walker, Frances Moore Lappé, Makana, and Puanani Burgess joined hundreds of YES! readers in Seattle to celebrate our power to build the world we want. Here are a few photos from that incredible evening.
A Patchwork Guide to the (Disappearing) Neighborhood A Patchwork Guide to the (Disappearing) Neighborhood
by Kathryn Clark
How have foreclosures transformed the layouts of Detroit, Las Vegas, and other cities? Artist Kathryn Clark’s mapped it—in quilts.
Art on the Edge of Law Art on the Edge of Law
Who gets to break the law, and why? An exploration through art.
We’re the People: Close-Ups from Zuccotti Park We’re the People: Close-Ups from Zuccotti Park
by Joseph O. Holmes
Photo Essay: Portraits of a nascent society.
After the Quake: Haiti's Slow Road to Healing After the Quake: Haiti's Slow Road to Healing
by Rachel Harmon
Photo Essay: Two years later, poverty, corruption, and health crises persist. But so does hope.
Words That Inspire: We are the 1% Words That Inspire: We are the 1%
Some members of the 1% have shared messages of solidarity with the 99%. What goes into a sign that makes a lasting impression? Explore an activity to help your students understand—and create their own—powerful signs.
Creativity Blossoms in the Great Migration Creativity Blossoms in the Great Migration
by Lily Yeh
On the industrial outskirts of Beijing, the transient children of the world’s largest migration taught artist Lily Yeh about finding healing and rootedness in creative power.
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