Everyone remembers winners: Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Tiger Woods. But in his new book, photographer Sandy Nicholson captures the emotions of those who came in second.
Photographer Pal Hansen gets behind the scenes with the hot British artist as he organizes a groundbreaking auction of his work at Sotheby's
The Republic Veep pick is the first female vice presidential candidate in GOP history
As the coal refinery steps out of the shadow of its past, photographer Benedicte Kurzen is granted unprecedented access to the company's operations in Secunda, South Africa.
This 16-year-old Russian's global fashion brand boasts 54 outlets worldwide, with more on the way
Photographs by Kirill Nikitenko for TIME
This year's Fall fashions pay homage to
Yves Saint Laurent, with sharp tailoring, soft blouses and unexpected turns in texture
Photographs for TIME by Alexi Lubomirski
Styled by Aleksandra Woroniecka
TIME photographer Christopher Morris gets behind the scenes with the GOP nominee as he introduces the nation to his controversial veep pick
After a somber day of reflection, the Republicans start their big event
Photographs for TIME by Danny Wilcox Frazier / Redux
TIME photographer Yuri Kozyrev tracks how daily life in Baghdad and elsewhere has regained a semblance of normalcy. Bloodshed is still a daily reality amid fragile security gains, but the effects of the relative quiet are visible
The Gulf Coast is battered again by severe weather
From the monastic rooms of world's first campuses to today's luxury residence halls, TIME examines the ever-changing ways that students live
Interviews & Captions by M.J. Stephey
As anti-government demonstrators entered their ninth day calling for the Thai Prime Minister's resignation, his supporters took to the streets, leaving one dead and dozens injured in the series of bloody clashes that ensued between the two groups
TIME photographer Callie Shell gets behind the scenes for the candidate's big night at Invesco Field
Over one million people are still stranded in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar in the area's worst floods in over 50 years.
The stars come out for the 65th annual Venice Film Festival.
Three years after Hurricane Katrina, HUD makes a controversial decision to tear down the B.W. Cooper Apartments
The last few decades have been rough, but TIME's music critic Josh Tyrangiel finds much to praise in his back catalog
Photographs for TIME by Christopher Morris / VII
TIME photographer Thomas Dworzak explores the cultural divide in the Nigerian capital.
TIME's Callie Shell follows the candidate as he makes his way to Denver
The Republican nominee is descended from generations of warriors and strong-willed women
TIME Photographer Anthony Suau captures former First Lady Hillary Clinton sharing a moment with possible future First Lady, Michelle Obama backstage in Denver
The annual food fight in Bunol, Spain draws thousands of eager vegetable-throwers
TIME photographer Brooks Kraft provides a delegates-eye view of the Democrats celebration in Denver
After months of daily protests, some 30,000 anti-government demonstrators clashed in Bangkok this week with Thai police in the what activists called a "final war" to force Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and his government from office
As the Olympic Games ended in Beijing, the attention of the serious sports fan and photographer Ben Stansall moved to Llanwrytd Wells in Wales, for the World Bog Snorkelling Championships. Honest.
Photographs for TIME by Callie Shell / Aurora
Obama's pick for Vice President is one of the most experienced men in Washington
In 1883, Krakatoa exploded over Indonesia, unleashing the deadliest eruption in modern memory. A gallery of some of its most spectacular successors suggests that a similar disaster may lurk beneath the planet surface.
With roots in Kansas, Kenya and beyond, the President is a one-man melting pot.
The dramatic highlights of the 2008 Beijing Games
Five decades of the Fab Four and their hometown, now a thriving cultural capital.
TIME takes a look at some tattoos among the highly decorated competitors out in Beijing
Exploring the heart of an icy island.
Photographs by Hakan Ludwigson for TIME
On patrol with Russian troops, TIME photographer Yuri Kozyrev witnesses signs of ethnic hostility in the conflicted region
The 2008 Games are a premier venue for state-of-the-art footwear technology.
Russian miniaturist Nikolai Aldunin creates works of art so tiny, a microscope is needed to see them.
Photographs by Gennadiy Makarichev / Russian Look / Zuma
The Pakistani strongman's tumultuous nine years in power
The 'Aquaman' has been stalking medals since he first appeared in the pool at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. A brief history of Phelps at the Games.
TIME photographer Yuri Kozyrev travels with Russian units in the separatist enclave
The generation of young artists and designers working in Japan today have been inspired by half a century of their predecessors' visionary work. A few of Japan's phenomenally successfully designs since the 1950s
A high-resolution camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures the abstract beauty of the Martian landscape
Murder proliferates in the home of Mexico's $25 billion drug-trafficking industry
Photographs by Anthony Suau for TIME
Four days a year, vendors set up along a 650-stretch of highway, from Ohio to Alabama, selling everything under the sun.
Photographs by Greg Ruffing / Redux for TIME
Fighting escalates in the separatist enclave of South Ossetia
An extremely simple device provides relief for imperiled women
Designer Michelle Ong creates exquisite pieces of extraordinary detail
The host city begins the Games with a spectacular display of color and light
In spite of its fertile farmland, the African nation still teeters on the brink of starvation
Photographs for TIME by Thomas Dworzak
We spend a day with the Police of the London Borough of Hackney.
Photographs for TIME by Chris Steele-Perkins / Magnum Photos