Photo Essay


In Photos: A Trip to Title Town at the Boston Celtics Victory Parade

Thousands of fans swarmed the streets Friday to watch the Celtics celebrate their victory in the NBA Finals, where they swiftly defeated the Dallas Mavericks in a five-game series. The win marks the Celtics’ first since 2008.


In Photos: 8 Months of Protests Over the War in Gaza

Since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, the Israel-Hamas war has unmasked deep campus divisions over Israel and Palestine. In this photo essay, the Crimson’s multimedia staff looks back at the past eight months of protests and vigils that have rocked campus.


In Photos: Harvard’s 373rd Commencement Exercises

Thousands of graduates, Harvard faculty, friends, and family crowded into Harvard Yard on Thursday for the University’s 373rd Commencement Exercises. But the usual pomp and circumstance of the ceremony were overshadowed by mass discontent over the decision to bar 13 pro-Palestine College student protesters from graduating.


In Photos: Affinity Celebrations for the Class of 2024

In advance of Harvard’s Thursday Commencement exercises, graduates from across the University gathered for a series of 10 affinity celebrations on Monday and Tuesday. At the ceremonies, students heard speeches from classmates and faculty and received a stole for their affinity group.


The Year in Photos

The Crimson looks back at the academic year in photos, from the inauguration of Claudine Gay as Harvard’s 30th president to the Israel-Hamas war that divided campus and ignited a leadership crisis.


Pro-Palestine Protesters March to Harvard President’s Residence

Hours after interim Harvard President Alan M. Garber ’76 threatened “involuntary leave” for all pro-Palestine protesters continuing to occupy Harvard Yard Monday, more than 400 Harvard students and Cantabrigians marched to Garber’s private residence in a pro-Palestine rally.


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.


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