Painted Elephants, Jaipur, India, 1996

Photograph by Cary Wolinsky A pair of gaily painted domesticated elephants regard one another in a Jaipur park in India. Asian elephants have been domesticated for thousands of years. Used primarily for ornament and entertainment today, domesticated elephants have been used for moving cargo, felling trees, transporting caravans, and even waging war in centuries past. […]

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Photograph by Izzet Keribar/IML Image Group Legend has it that St. Basil’s Cathedral’s beauty cost its architect his eyes. The Moscow monument was built between 1555 and 1561 by Ivan the Terrible to commemorate a victory over the Mongols, and he’s said to have blinded the architect so that he couldn’t create a rival masterpiece. […]