The pulsating heart of the economic activity and the forge of the most authentic innovations, the modern megalopolis is also synonymous with frenetic rhythms, homologation, environmental degradation, and the fulcrum of the exasperation of socio-racial conflicts. This volume contains images taken on various continents over a period of twenty years. Franklin tries to summarize some recurring themes through the lens of history, work, leisure and globalization, to which the four main sections of the book correspond. The selected images trace a subjective path through the modern metropolis, looking for signs of the process through which the cities and their inhabitants have mutually shaped each other.