In an ever-changing news cycle and under tight deadlines, illustrators and photographers are tasked with bringing visual life to some of the most important stories of our time. See a sampling of our striking original art of 2021.
Black Oxygen Organics became a sudden hit in the fringe world of alternative medicines and supplements, where even dirt can go for $110 a bag.
Illustration by Robert Beatty
Tre Hosley will take part in the Bill Pickett Invitational, an all-Black rodeo airing for the first time on network television Saturday.
Photography by Bethany Mollenkof
The News Alerts of Beaver County group has become a must-read after the decline of the local newspaper. That's worked out, sometimes.
Illustration by Chelsea Stahl
“It’s been incredible to see the transformation,” said Doria Wilms, deputy city manager of Desert Hot Springs. “We don’t see it slowing down.”
Photography by Maggie Shannon
“For now, the Nova mine is coping with the waters,” a former worker said. “But this is nature, it can’t be predicted.”
Photography by Oksana Parafeniuk
“This has made people afraid to speak up,” one mother said. “They’re afraid that what happens to us is going to happen to them."
Illustration by Anuj Shrestha
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's that we can’t rely on the decency of those around us. A willingness to blindly trust simply doesn’t compute.”
Illustration by Olivia Fields
Pandemic houseplant parents are filling the voids in our social lives — and apartments — with an influx of flora.
Illustration by Cari Vander Yacht
These lessons from the quarantine era made our lives richer, healthier and more meaningful. Here's what to hold on to after Covid.
Illustrations by Anjali Nair and Chelsea Stahl
“I never in my head would have thought that I would be able to or I would be in truck driving,” says Tracy Barajas, a Latina trucker from California.
Photography by Alyson Aliano
Internal documents suggest Facebook has long known its algorithms and recommendation systems push some users to extremes.
Illustration by Doug Chayka
Desi Americans say the British colonial term “curry” doesn’t represent what they grew up eating and are refusing to cater to the Western gaze.
Illustration by Kiran Joan
Protesters filled streets around the world after George Floyd’s killing. For some, the scars of that summer run deep.
Photography by Aaron Ricketts
Some veterans have spent years working to overcome their trauma. The Covid-19 crisis has thrust them back to their darkest days.
Photography by Jenna Schoenefeld
From our tiny squares of digital real estate, many of us have become aggressive wavers. Body language experts say this is a good thing.
Illustration by Jack Sachs
From chicken tenders to toys to bottles of wine: 7 items hurt by backlogs or rising prices.
Illustration by Anuj Shrestha
President Joe Biden has said he wants to provide $10,000 federal student debt relief. Some Democrats want that number to be $50,000.
Illustration by Madison Ketcham
Activists described unexpectedly finding a calling. People who had never attended a City Council meeting are now running for a seat. But they’ve also faced consequences.
Photography by Rachel Mummey
"Biden has been incredibly responsive to the progressive movement," said Rep. Jamaal Bowman, a first-term Democrat from the New York City area.
Illustration by Eliana Rodgers
Built on a half-century love story and rocketed to viral fame last year, Saroj Goyal’s Dress Shoppe II will soon be gone from the East Village.
Photography by Julius Constantine Motal
Opinion | Stop obsessing about your Covid weight gains. Love your body and have a hot (fat) girl summer.
We survived a global pandemic and now you're worried about the size of your jeans? Let's just refuse to ever be ashamed of our bodies again.
Illustration by Anjali Nair
These tools will make you look more like the widely admired beauty ideal. But if you use them, you could be disappointing everyone — including yourself.
Illustration by Michelle Rohn
Before this lost year, flying to see my extended family was just another trip. This time, it was full of many reminders of what we had all missed out on.
Illustration by Nicole Rifkin