A Cossack practices tricks on his horse in the Rostov region near Russia’s border with Ukraine in 2010. Misha Maslennikov, Moscow
Resurfacing a favorite: Spoek Mathambo’s Control, shot by the fantastic South African documentary photographer, Pieter Hugo
Photographs of trainhoppers and the American railroads from Mike Brodie’s A Period of Juvenile Prosperity
"Memphis artists — Memphis people — have a certain soul. Because we have such a deep and rich music history here. It’s a lot of children of old band members, and ‘My daddy used to play the guitar for such-and-such,’ and ‘My uncle was a background singer for Elvis,’ and ‘My cousin played drums for B.B. King.’ This one of them towns where every other two or three people can probably sing or play an instrument just as good as anybody you’ll see on TV, but they work a regular job."
A personal anthem
Luis Marden | Texas, 1939
Dressed in her best rodeo outfit, a cowgirl hitches her pony by dropping a nickel into an El Paso parking meter.
Selects from the Lomax Collection/Library of Congress
Stavin’ Chain | Lafayette, LA
Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly) and Martha Promise Ledbetter | Wilton, CT
Singing games | Eatonville, FL
John Bray | Amelia, LA
“They were like perfect little poems.”
—Walker Evans on William Christenberry’s wonderful photographs of the American South.
N.E. Beckwirth | California, 1892
Nicknamed “Mark Twain,” this 331-foot-tall sequoia lasted 1,341 years. It took loggers 8 days to saw its 90-foot-circumference trunk