How Anne Frank’s Family Found a Place to Hide

When the Frank family first moved to the Netherlands, as Nazi power began to rise in Germany, they hoped that they had found an escape from a homeland in...

How Video Game Makers Create Hyper-Realistic Worlds

Tommy Francois creates worlds. Virtual worlds, where gamers can do most of what they can’t do in real life. If you’ve ever wondered how today’s games look so realistic,...

Manhattan Almost Had a Highway Running Across It. Here’s What It Would Have Looked...

In the new documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, opening this Friday on theaters in New York and available on demand, filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor)...

These GIFs Bring Massive Tornados to Life

Mike HollingsheadTilden, Nebraska on July 17, 2015.The first storm Mike Hollingshead chased almost killed him. On May 16, 1999, Hollingshead set out to fulfill a fascination with storms he...

5 Cameras That Take Better Photos Than Your Smartphone

Camera phones are ubiquitous in modern life. And for most people, they’re fine for taking selfies and family photos. While smartphone cameras have dramatically improved in recent years (and many...

The Genius Innovation That Made the Great Library of Alexandria Work

As National Library Week begins — it runs from April 9–15 this year — the Library of Congress looks back at the ancestor of the card catalog, in this...

How American Troops Helped Turn the Tide in World War I

On April 6, 1917, Congress declared war on Germany, and a few days later, Theodore Roosevelt went to see President Woodrow Wilson. Roosevelt, a former Rough Rider in the...

History’s Best Umpires—And One Who Got Banned From Baseball

Baseball umpires are a unique breed, the keepers of law and order on the field, required to make decisions, often almost in a split second, on every play. And...

These Found Vintage Snapshots Are a Testament to Americans’ Love of Their Cars

In recent years, the American Dream has seemed anything but secure. But in its halcyon heights, during the economic boom of post-war ’50s and ’60s, success and happiness were...

10 Things to See at the Format Photo Festival

Format photography festival in Derby, UK, returns this week for its eighth edition, taking “habitat” as its central theme. Featuring more than 200 international artists and photographers across 30...

Ai Weiwei Reflects on the Sadness of Ren Hang’s Photographs

Knut Koivisto—FotografiskaPortrait of Ren Hang taken one week before his death.The sudden death of photographer and poet Ren Hang on Feb. 24 shook the art world to its core....

Gabriel García Márquez’s Life in 100 Pictures

This post is in partnership with the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. A version of the article below was originally published on the Ransom...