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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: Scott Sporleder

These photos will inspire you to road trip through California’s ghost towns

10 images that prove Japan is even more magical during fall

The Montenegro Express is the ultimate fall train route through Europe

11 stunning photos that will make you plan a trip to Europe this fall

Fall in love with Japan one color at a time


A surreal look at the underwater world of Mexico’s cenotes

On the hunt for edible rats in Uganda

Exploring California’s wild, underrated Kennedy Meadows and Relief Reservoir

Exploring the amazing slot canyons of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The incredible formations of Bryce Canyon National Park in 11 amazing images

Anchorage to Calgary: A road trip through the Great White North

Why winter is the coolest time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park in pictures


18 gorgeous images of winter in Boulder, CO

A photographic journey through Juneau, Alaska’s unique ecosystem

11 ways to unwind in Miami

I went to Honduras, and here’s why I have to go back ASAP

What it was like to fly back in the 1960s

A dream trip come true: A journey across Mongolia

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