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Yuri Kozyrev's best photograph: Norilsk, one of Earth's most polluted places

Yuri Kozyrev's best photograph: Norilsk, one of Earth's most polluted places

‘This Arctic city was built by Russian prisoners in the late 1930s to meet wartime demand for metal. There are graveyards everywhere’I shot this in Norilsk last summer. This city, 1,500 miles from the
Tuscan village pays tribute to Leonardo da Vinci, 500 years on – in pictures

Tuscan village pays tribute to Leonardo da Vinci, 500 years on – in pictures

Residents of Vinci, the Italian village in which Leonardo da Vinci was born, are marking the 500th anniversary of his death on 2 May. The lush vineyards, fields and brooks that inspired his art have
Antony Gormley is the new kid on the block in ancient Greece

Antony Gormley is the new kid on the block in ancient Greece

The British sculptor has, controversially, been commissioned to create works for the island of Delos, a sacred classical siteIn all seasons the elements rage on Delos. In winter, salt winds pound its
Photographer Harold Feinstein, the unsung chronicler of Coney Island

Photographer Harold Feinstein, the unsung chronicler of Coney Island

He found fame in his teens with images of his native New York, then lost it again. A new film and show aim to give him the recognition he deservesIt began with a great outpouring of images. At 15,
The K-pop wannabes – a photo essay

The K-pop wannabes – a photo essay

An estimated 1 million wannabe stars of K-pop, from South Korea, Japan and beyond, are hoping to get a taste of fame by competing in auditions for talent agencies, which take on a select few as
Boat in which hundreds of migrants died displayed at Venice Biennale

Boat in which hundreds of migrants died displayed at Venice Biennale

Haunting wreck of vessel that sank in 2015 will confront visitors to art world’s gatheringAs a huddle of artists and curators watched from the shore, the immense rusted, pitted body of a wrecked ship
Loaded: the moped delivery drivers of Hanoi – in pictures

Loaded: the moped delivery drivers of Hanoi – in pictures

From footballs to live fish, delivery mopeds piled high with unwieldy, unlikely goods are one of the Vietnamese capital’s most distinctive sights. As the city plans to ban motorbikes altogether,
Mournful and melancholy: Britain at the Venice Biennale

Mournful and melancholy: Britain at the Venice Biennale

Northern Ireland-born Cathy Wilkes represents Great Britain despite her hatred of countriesAt the Venice Biennale this year, visitors to the city’s Arsenale will see a replica of the Lincoln
Ghana shakes up art's 'sea of whiteness' with its first Venice pavilion

Ghana shakes up art's 'sea of whiteness' with its first Venice pavilion

In curving galleries designed by David Adjaye, artists are putting Africa firmly on the biennale mapThe Venice Art Biennale, the world’s most celebrated international art event, has a history that is
Fuel for thought: black market in petrol in Togo and Benin – in pictures

Fuel for thought: black market in petrol in Togo and Benin – in pictures

For thousands of people in Benin and Togo, the illegal trade in fuel looted from oil-rich Nigeria offers a lifeline. The human impact of this lucrative dealing has been documented by Spanish
Venezuelan upheaval delays pavilion at Venice Biennale

Venezuelan upheaval delays pavilion at Venice Biennale

Political chaos leaves country’s artists playing catch-up just days before art event beginsSwitzerland is partying, sequin-clad dancers whirling on a vast screen. Russia is staging an elaborate homage
Super rich buying up Italy's mansions under new tax regime

Super rich buying up Italy's mansions under new tax regime

‘You get the same sort of tax savings you get in Jersey but you get to live somewhere you actually want to live’Luxury Tuscan estate agent Ian Heath is developing a taste for private jets. “It’s not
Beauty in ruins: the wonder of abandoned buildings – a photo essay

Beauty in ruins: the wonder of abandoned buildings – a photo essay

I created Lost Collective to document neglected and now rarely seen places that once played important roles in their communities. From a derelict power station in central Sydney to an elegantly
I have seen the tragedy of Mediterranean migrants. This ‘art’ makes me feel uneasy

I have seen the tragedy of Mediterranean migrants. This ‘art’ makes me feel uneasy

The vessel that became a coffin for hundreds has gone on display at the Venice Biennale. It intends to stir our conscience – but is it a spectacle that exploits disaster?On the night of 18 April 2015,
Howzat! LS Lowry's cricket match painting may sell for £1m

Howzat! LS Lowry's cricket match painting may sell for £1m

Rare painting of cricket match in Salford unveiled for first time in more than 20 years The hopeless child at deep midwicket is facing the wrong way and the bowler is surely delivering a no ball but
'There is less fear': restoration of Kabul repairs the ravages of war

'There is less fear': restoration of Kabul repairs the ravages of war

Afghanistan rebuilds the old town and creates register of dwellings to promote peace and help residents feel saferAmir Gol first arrived in Kabul after fleeing his home – a Taliban stronghold – in
Boards not borders: Gaza youth skate in search of fun – in pictures

Boards not borders: Gaza youth skate in search of fun – in pictures

Calling themselves the Gaza skate team, a group of young Palestinians get together to skate and rollerblade amid deprivation and high security Continue reading...
Rooftop pool? Notre Dame proposals defy traditionalists

Rooftop pool? Notre Dame proposals defy traditionalists

Designs from architects around world also suggest glass, crystal and metal spiresAn architecture firm has proposed replacing the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral with a swimming pool, as France prepares
Titian masterpieces to be displayed together for first time since 1704

Titian masterpieces to be displayed together for first time since 1704

The 16th-century paintings will be shown as a series in London, Edinburgh, Madrid and BostonOne of the most important groups of high Renaissance paintings is to be brought together for the first time
In pictures – IM Pei's finest works

In pictures – IM Pei's finest works

IM Pei, one of the most celebrated and prolific architects of the 20th century, has died aged 102. The son of a prominent Chinese banker, he favoured stone, steel and glass in his creations that bore