The breadline

After years of austerity, wide-ranging cuts to social safety nets and slow, uneven economic growth, many people in the UK find themselves with so little left over at the end of the month that they struggle to put food on the table. More than eight million people in Britain live in households that cannot always afford enough to eat, according to research from the Food Foundation.

‘Carwash’ scandal airs Brazil’s dirty laundry

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets to protest government corruption at the highest levels, with both Brazil’s president and now the opposition in the firing line. Dilma Rousseff used to be a champion for Brazil’s poor; today the former Marxist guerrilla is a pariah figure, sucked into a corruption scandal

Iran returns to the international fold

As sanctions on Iran are lifted, residents of Tehran are hopeful that a return to the international fold will restore the city’s lost prosperity. We spoke to Iranians, from all walks of life, about how their businesses and lives have changed since the new nuclear agreement last year . Photography by Maryam Rahmanian

Tweets, selfies and surgery trends

Taking a Selfie

Smartphones and social media have created a generation obsessed with capturing every moment on camera and sharing it with the world, but has the rise of the “selfie” impacted cosmetic surgery trends? Antonia Mariconda investigates

Handling disruptive technologies

Newcomers with innovative technologies can steal markets and leave established companies high and dry, so executives must be forward-thinking and ready to change course, as Charles Orton-Jones reports

Focus on photographic images

Michael Pritchard, director general of the Royal Photographic Society, plots the progress of photography to a fully accepted art form

Digital painting with pixels

Like art, photography has always been driven by experimentation and innovation, writes Kevin Carter who describes the leap from analogue to digital

Pictures make time stand still

At a time when the use of long exposures was the norm, inanimate and motionless objects made especially suitable subjects, writes Miranda Gavin