Imagine Stacks of Team-Spirited Insects

Mark Todd grew up just a few miles from the Vegas strip in the 1970s, and the experience has unquestionably shaped his work. While his style may appear crude, he uses it to refract American life through a prism of comic books and pop culture. His work ranges from whimsical fever dreams to brutal social commentary in the vein of Weimar artists Otto Dix and George Grosz.

In his illustrations for Zócalo, Todd created a series he calls “Bug Stacks.” Groups of team-spirited insects do their best imitation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The …

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Photographer Traer Scott Views Livestock as Individuals Rather Than Numbers

Have you ever felt the direct, penetrating gaze of an alpaca? Or admired the symmetry of a sheep’s fuzzy nose? Or rued the fact that you had never stroked a …

Camouflage That Both Hides and Adorns

Anna Rudak is an artist from the Polish port city of Gdansk, where she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. Her work ranges from whimsical children’s book illustrations to textile …

In Louisiana’s Fishing Villages, Food and Faith Are Found in the Water

Photographer J. T. Blatty Captures a Vanishing Way of Life in the Bayou

For generations, water has provided everything to the people of southeastern Louisiana’s fishing communities. Their meals. Their livelihoods. Their recreation. Their birthright. Even their faith, as one photograph by J. …

There Is a Real Bedford Falls—It’s My Upstate New York Town

An Uncanny Physical Resemblance and a Frank Capra Visit Connect Seneca Falls to His Holiday Classic

Bedford Falls, the town that is the real star of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, is a fictional place. But it closely resembles a real town.

I live there.

The evidence …

How Our View of National Parks Shapes American Identity

What We Seek and Find in Our Sacred Environments Reflects Our Country’s Character

Few natural regions have been photographed as often, or in such varied ways, as the American West. Many of these alluring, emotionally resonant landscapes lie within the boundaries of national …