Photo Essay

In Photos: 12 Hours Inside the Harvard Yard Occupation

Pro-Palestine students occupied Harvard Yard in an encampment beginning Wednesday at noon. The protest comes just two days after Harvard College suspended the Harvard Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee – while universities across the country have also faced a wave of pro-Palestinian student demonstrations. Crimson photographers documented the first 12 hours of the encampment.

In Photos: AADT Eastbound

The Asian American Dance Troupe (AADT) hosted their spring showcase, Eastbound, last weekend. Their 30th annual show, which was completely sold out, was held in the Loeb Drama Center. With over 300 members and featuring over 15 dances, Eastbound is a celebration of AADT’s broader mission: to unite students under a common passion for Asian tradition, culture, and identity.

In Photos: Harvard Figure Skating Club’s Annual Showcase

On April 7, students in Harvard’s Figure Skating Club took to the ice for an annual showcase in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Crimson photographer A. Skye Schmiegelow captured the elegance and athleticism of their performances.

In Photos: Inside Cambridge's Historic Tower Clock

More than 130 years after its installation atop the Cambridge City Hall, a mechanical tower clock – wound by hand each week – continues to chime. Crimson photographers followed David W. Graf, the clock’s steward for the past 30 years, as he wound the clock for the last time before the building undergoes a 15-month facade renovation.

In Photos: The 128th Boston Marathon

arvard undergraduates were among thousands of runners who crossed the finish line of the 128th Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. Emotions ran high for runners and spectators alike on the warm spring day. The 26.2 mile course began in rural Hopkinton, continued through Heartbreak Hill in Newton, and ended in Boston’s Copley Square.

In Photos: Harvard Starstruck by Solar Eclipse

Harvard affiliates across campus stepped outside Monday afternoon to witness a near-total solar eclipse — the first visible from North America since 2017.  The next total solar eclipse to pass through the continent will not occur until 2044.

In Photos: Yardfest 2024

Students braved the cold on Sunday, gathering in Tercentenary Theatre for Yardfest, the College’s annual spring concert. Student openers, NOTD, and headliner Tinashe took the stage for an evening of music, dancing, and festivities.

In Photos: Grouplove Rocks The Roadrunner

Grouplove electrified Boston’s Roadrunner with their March 29 concert — the penultimate stop on their “Rock and Roll Won't Save Me” tour. There, Crimson photographer Tracy Jiang captured their energetic and immersive show.

In Photos: The Art of Conservation at the Straus Center

On the top floors of the Harvard Art Museums at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, a dedicated team of conservators care for approximately 250,000 pieces in the museum’s collections. In this photo essay, Crimson photographer Lotem L. Loeb goes behind the scenes at the conservation labs, documenting the meticulous preservation work and the stories of the staff specialists.

In Photos: Snapshots of Spring Break

Crimson photographers traveled around the country and world during the College’s spring break last week. From famed fortresses in Puerto Rico and vast coral reefs in Panama to flowers in Philadelphia and streetscapes in New York City, these are snapshots of what they saw at home and abroad.

Empty Windows: Harvard’s Vacant Commercial Properties in Allston

Harvard owns nearly 40 commercial properties scattered across Lower Allston and Brighton, nearly a quarter of which lie empty. As the University slowly moves to fill those properties with new housing and retail, residents and the businesses they used to sustain are left looking into empty windows.

In Photos: Kicking Into High Gear at Quad Bikes

Following a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Quad Bikes reopened in the basement of Cabot House in the fall of 2022. Crimson photographers took a tour of the space with Julian K. Li ’25, one of the students running Quad Bikes.

In Photos: A Trip Through the Widener Stacks

Ever wondered what’s underneath Widener’s steps? Lamont Cafe? Research librarian Sarah DeMott takes us through the elusive spaces beneath Harvard’s libraries, revealing magical treasures and bookish quirks.

In Photos: From Microphotography to Metalworking, Allston Makers Show their Craft at Winter Market

Local artists, craftspeople, and creators gathered to exhibit and sell their work at the Artisans Asylum in Allston this past Saturday. The event, the Winter Makers Market, welcomed residents to purchase works from the artists and ask them about their work.

In Photos: Planting a Yard-Sized Urban Forest

More than three dozen Cambridge residents gathered Saturday morning to plant Cambridge’s first ever residential Miyawaki garden. Volunteers planted more than 40 species of plants native to New England in a single front yard to guard against biodiversity loss.

In Photos: A Trip to Mount Auburn Cemetery

Consecrated in 1831 as America’s first landscape cemetery, Mount Auburn Cemetery is a national historic landmark the burial site of many prominent figures — including Dorothea Dix, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Charles Sumner, Class of 1830.

In Photos: Autumn at the Arboretum

One tree, two tree, red tree, orange tree. Across the river in Jamaica Plains, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a public park and botanical research institution open to all. Established in 1872, the park boasts more than 2,000 different species and 16,000 individual plants in addition to the vibrant fall foliage of Boston’s autumn.

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