100 years of the Leica camera

Many of the 20th century’s most defining images were shot on a Leica - but the camera almost died, later triumphantly reborn in the digital age.  

Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty

Dark side of the zoo - captive animals in black and white

Alex Teuscher photographs captive animals in black and white, producing dark, atmospheric portraits. See more

First world war: share you letters, photographs, and stories. Recently in the Observer magazine, Toby Helm told the extraordinary and moving story of his grandfather’s wartime experiences.

On GuardianWitness readers have been sharing the experiences of their relatives and friends in the first world war. Share yours here.

1. An operating theatre or dressing station. Photograph: RosBro/GuardianWitness

2. A hospital officers’ mess. Photograph: RosBro/GuardianWitness

Junkies, porn stars, alcoholics and in her latest film What Maisie Knew a terrible mother – on screen Julianne Moore lets it all hang out. So surely she won’t mind Simon Hattenstone quizzing her about all those sex scenes…?http://gu.com/p/3hzfp
Photograph: Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin/Trunk Archive

Junkies, porn stars, alcoholics and in her latest film What Maisie Knew a terrible mother – on screen Julianne Moore lets it all hang out. So surely she won’t mind Simon Hattenstone quizzing her about all those sex scenes…?http://gu.com/p/3hzfp

Photograph: Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin/Trunk Archive


"This speech had to be different. While King was by now a national political figure, relatively few outside the black church and the civil rights movement had heard him give a full address. With all three television networks offering live coverage of the march for jobs and freedom, this would be his oratorical introduction to the nation."

- Gary Young on the making of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech http://gu.com/p/3hze8
Photograph: © Bob Adelman/Magnum

"This speech had to be different. While King was by now a national political figure, relatively few outside the black church and the civil rights movement had heard him give a full address. With all three television networks offering live coverage of the march for jobs and freedom, this would be his oratorical introduction to the nation."

- Gary Young on the making of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech http://gu.com/p/3hze8

Photograph: © Bob Adelman/Magnum

Archive footage of Fred Perry’s Wimbledon victory in 1936, the last time a British man won a Wimbledon singles final before Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Sunday. Perry celebrates his victory over Baron Gottfried von Cramm with a brisk jog to the net and a firm handshake


On the women’s blog: How the media sensationalises abortion
Media coverage has long shaped our views on abortion. But while practices have changed, the derogatory coverage hasn’t… Read more
Pic: The New York Illustrated Times reports the arrest of abortionist Madame Restell in 1878.

On the women’s blog: How the media sensationalises abortion

Media coverage has long shaped our views on abortion. But while practices have changed, the derogatory coverage hasn’t… Read more

The work of Vivian Maier, who died in 2009, leaving behind 100,000 negatives that no one but she had ever seen. The photographs are being hailed as among the best in 20th-century street photography

Photographs: Vivian Maier/Courtesy of Maloof Collection

Harvey Gantt being interviewed upon entering Clemson College as the first African American student in 1963. From the Clemson University photographs collection at Clemson University Libraries special collections.

From our gallery: American history reaches the digital era

Photograph: Digital Public Library of America

This summer the 100th edition of the the world’s most famous bike race takes place. And, as Tim Lewis discovers in a lavish new book, tales of cheating, heroism and endeavour have been part of the Tour de France from the very start

Photograph: Collection Laget