Photo Essay

Matador’s photo essays include work by award-winning photographers who tell stories that evoke deep emotions about place and culture.

From moving essays on threatened regions and the daily struggle faced by native peoples around the world, to spectacular series on sports, food, and nightlife around the world, these shots examine people’s lives and cultures at ground level.

Photo Essay Articles

10 reasons I’m proud to call Sioux Falls home

by Wes Eisenhauer

Astounding aerial photos reveal the product of human activity on our planet

by Blaze Nowara

12 images of Easter Island we can’t stop looking at

by Ben Adkison

Gauley River overnighter, the greatest trip in West Virgina

by Katie Ann Plick

I can feel Guatemala calling me back

by Arthur Wei

I can feel Colombia calling me back

by Troy Young

I can feel Namibia calling me back

by Katja Schilling-Bayley

We were warned not to travel around Haiti by motorcycle. We did it anyway.

by Maddy Minnis

I can feel Japan calling me back

by Ben McKechnie

6 things I wish I’d known before I sold all my belongings and moved into a van

by Alyssa Wyatt

14 unbelievable photos that capture the chaos of storm chasing

by Elisabeth Brentano

The raddest campsites of Monument Valley

by Maddy Minnis

Rowing Lava Falls at 87: Martin Litton, and the conservation heroes of the Grand Canyon

by Emily Nuchols

We lived for a month on the border of uncontacted communites in the Peruvian Amazon. Here’s what we saw.

by Lina Collado

Malaysia’s Thaipusam festival. Warning: Some of these pics are gnarly.

by Stefano Tomassetti

14 scenes you will only see in Montana

by Daniel Proctor

The truth behind my most liked travel shots on Instagram

by Shea Powell

16 images of Buenos Aires that show what happens when there’s no limit to street art

by Matt Fox-Tucker
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