From migrant to middle class
Michelle Castillo Salazar teaches fourth grade at Muñoz Elementary school in Donna, Texas. When the Monitor first met Michelle 17 years ago, such a future was anything but certain. The then-17-year-old was a third generation migrant, traveling twice yearly with her farmworker father, mother, and two sisters between Illinois and Texas.
2017 Monitor photos of the year
Amy Kelash (l.) and Ann Kelash call family members from the National Mall in Washington after arriving on a bus from Minnesota to see Donald Trump sworn in as president on Jan. 20.
Photo book staff picks for 2017
Afghanistan is a rugged, violent land with a tragic history and some of the most photogenic people on the planet. Photographer Steve McCurry has been documenting its story for almost 40 years. His powerful images have made him famous. (Remember “Afghan Girl” – the green-eyed beauty with the haunting look on the cover of a 1985 National Geographic?)
Birds rise where Audubon once lived
As part of the Audubon Mural Project, Louise 'Ouizi' Jones works on a wall-sized mural of a black-headed grosbeak on W. 149th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Convent Avenue in upper Manhattan, New York. She alternates between using a paintbrush and cans of spray paint.
Dogs that make the grade
A student in a special needs class at Public School 76 in the New York borough of Queens gets a 'kiss' from therapy dog Juno. Juno, a 10-month-old black-and-brown puppy, was handpicked to be in the New York City Education Department's Comfort Dog program.
Nomadic herders on the miles-high Tibetan plateau
From left, Gongson Zhuoma; her sister-in-law, Lamo; and mother, Along, prepare yak butter in the family’s communal tent. Herding families in the Hoh Xil region of the Tibetan Plateau in China live in much the same way their ancestors have for centuries. Moving from one grassy plain to the next with the change in seasons, these herders rely heavily on their yaks for food, drink, fuel, and income.
Karbala Shiite pilgrimage
Shiite pilgrims smeared in mud march to the shrine of Imam Hussein to commemorate Arbaeen, the 40th day after the anniversary of the death in 680 AD of the revered Shiite saint known as "Lord of the Martyrs," in Karbala, Iraq. Though these believers have marched smeared in mud, the practice is relatively new and from southern Iraq, and is frowned upon by some in the Shiite clergy as an unwelcome superstition.