Our favorite photographs from 2021

In 2021 we saw images from the deep reaches of geologic time, to visionaries working on today’s pressing issues, to a glimpse into a transhuman future.

ASML Machine
Inside the machine that saved Moore’s Law
CHRISTOPHER PAYNE
worker harvests celery crop
How technology might finally start telling farmers things they didn’t already know
LUCAS FOGLIA
Tiffany Chu portrait
The pandemic could remake public transportation for the better
CHONA KASINGER

tiktok phone
The beauty of TikTok’s secret, surprising, and eerily accurate recommendation algorithms
SIERRA & LENNY
The world’s largest collection of malformed brains
ADAM VOORHES & ROBIN FINLAY

Up close with transhumanists
DAVID VINTINER
Fairy Lake Mudcore
This photographer-scientists collaboration shows the speed of climate change
IAN VAN COLLER
Nomzamo Cape Town aerial view
These drone photos show urban inequality around the world
JOHNNY MILLER

Jim Watkins
How to fix what the innovation economy broke about America
NICK HAGEN