Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | Girls join hands during their ballet class on a basketball court in one of Rio’s largest favelas. It’s run by ballerina Tuany Nascimiento, who is from the community. Years ago, when Tuany couldn’t afford the commute to classes, she would practice by herself. Soon, young girls started watching and asking her to teach them. From three girls, they grew to more than 50, dancing amid challenges, sometimes cancelling sessions because of gun violence in the community. I witnessed their dancing, each movement a lesson in grace in every sense of the word. #Followme @hannahreyesmorales, for more stories while on the road.
Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | A lone #polarbear hunts seals. Captured #onassignment while in the #arctic of Franz Josef Land, Russia. For more images on #climatechange #followme @coryrichards
Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Walruses approach an expedition boat from a haul-out on Hooker Island. During summer, when sea ice diminishes, walruses congregate on shorelines, where food is scarce and youngsters can get trampled. Captured #onassignment in the #Arctic of Franz Josef Land, Russia. #followme @coryrichards for more images about #conservation and our fragile Earth.
Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Alex Honnold’s groundbreaking free solo of El Capitan in Yosemite was a paradigm-shifting event, not just in climbing but in sport as a whole. Alex was already known throughout the climbing community as an outlier, but @freesolofilm (directed by @jimmychin and @chaivasarhelyi and produced by @natgeo) put him on display in an unprecedented way. In the film, to me, there was a necessary awkwardness and tension more palpable in the moments when Alex *wasn’t* climbing, thus highlighting a seemingly tenuous relationship with «normal» life. And as otherworldly as the ultimate accomplishment seemed, the very reason it demanded such attention is because Alex, like all of us, is made up of flesh and bone. #followme to see more from my shoot with @alexhonnold for @espn #thebodyissue
Photo by Rena Effendi @renaeffendiphoto | An elderly woman in Breb village in Maramures, Romania, makes a stew from beetroots and turnips to fatten her pig for the winter. Many farmers in Maramures still rely on small-scale sustainable agriculture for their livelihoods, but this traditional way of life is vanishing as young people migrate to Western Europe to find work. Please #followme @renaeffendiphoto for more human interest stories. #romania #transylvania #agriculture #women
Photo by William Albert Allard @williamalbertallard | This picture dates to 1969, the year I photographed and wrote about the Hutterites, a religious group that lives in colonies, mostly in Montana and several provinces of Canada. This young man and I were riding out on the colony’s land that spread out below the mountain ranges of central Montana. I remember what a beautiful late afternoon it had been, and how the clouds darkened as they momentarily obscured the sun and dramatically silhouetted the young horseman. That assignment was the beginning of a lifetime relationship with some of the Hutterites, who have become almost like a second family to me over the years. I’ve done articles for National Geographic about the Hutterites, one published in July 1970 and the other in the June 2006 issue. For more images of the American West and other assignments spanning a five-decade career #followme @williamalbertallard. @thephotosociety
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Photo by Rena Effendi @renaeffendiphoto | A woman in Giuleşti village, Romania, rakes hay that she had just cut in the field, in an attempt to collect the last bits before winter comes. For centuries, the small villages in Transylvania have preserved their hay meadows, raised cattle, and operated self-sustaining farms. The agrarian fairytale that is extinct in Western Europe still exists here in bucolic scenes, where young boys learn to cut and rake hay by hand and where many women are proficient in weaving and men can build a house from scratch. Please #followme @renaeffendiphoto for more human interest stories. #romania #agriculture #dailylife #women
Photo by William Albert Allard @williamalbertallard | Tombstone, Arizona, 1970. On June 30, 1906, Sid Wilson drove the last stagecoach to leave Tombstone, Arizona, on its final forty-mile round trip to Benson. The railroads had come in 1903 and taken over the mail contracts, and that was the end of the stagecoach. «I used to drive a six-horse stage for the round trip to Benson and back; took about twelve hours counting time to change horses,» he told me.
After the stagecoach stopped, Sid was a rodeo cowboy, a big game hunting guide, and gathered wild horses in Arizona and New Mexico. He’d show old pictures of horses he’d known. «There’s little Gypsy Dog, mother of old Pat,» he said. «She was a fine horse.» I met Sid in 1970 in Tombstone while doing a National Geographic essay on the U.S./Mexico border, published in May 1971. He was a very interesting old man who still lived in the shadows of his youth. He was still a cowboy.
For more images of the American West and other assignments spanning a five-decade career #followme @williamalbertallard. #arizona #cowboy #west #stagecoach
Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | A young girl with her nomadic family’s goats in northern Mongolia, near Lake Khovsgol. These goats are the source of Mongolian cashmere, some of the finest in the world. The goats are painlessly sheared in late winter and early spring; by the following fall, the wool has grown back. #followme @iralbockphoto to see more images from around the world. #goat #cashmere #mongolia #irablock
Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Mustang, a former kingdom in north-central Nepal, is home to one of the world’s great archaeological mysteries. Hidden within the Himalaya on walls deeply cleaved by the Kali Gandaki River are an extraordinary number of human-built caves, also known as the «sky caves.» No one knows who dug them. Or why. Or even how people climbed into them. Pictured here is daily life against the backdrop of the caves. #followme @coryrichards for more #travel #culture and #mystery from around the world.