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YES! Photo Essays

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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.
James Baldwin in Turkey
Photo Essay: Occupy Sandy at Work
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: Ta’Ayush
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.
Cobblers, Carpenters, Baristas: Portraits of Americans at Work Cobblers, Carpenters, Baristas: Portraits of Americans at Work
by Caleb Ferguson
Photo Essay: From hot dog stand owner to skateboard instructor, a cross-country exploration of the jobs we love.
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!
Photo Essay: Occupy L.A. Blends Art and Activism
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.
Photo Essay: May Day in Seattle
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.

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