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During the Cold War, six South American dictatorships formed Operation Condor, a secret military plot for coordinated repression. It’s estimated that tens of thousands of people were killed. Photographer Joao Pina examines this dark period with his recent photo series “Shadow of the Condor.”

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Black-and-white • João Pina • South America • World
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Because of black-and-white photos and grainy newsreels, we tend to remember World War I predominantly in monochrome — uniforms of dull khaki and field gray set against mud-filled trenches, churned earth and blasted craters. Yet surprisingly, World War I was the first major conflict to be covered by color photography.

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Historic Photos • Photo Book • World • World War I
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With extreme close-ups of political figures, Christopher Anderson aims to break through the staged images that are commonly seen when people run for office. Every wrinkle, skin blemish and hair is there to see as Anderson tries to get to the core of each person’s true self.

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Black-and-white • Christopher Anderson • Magnum Photos • Photo Book • Portraits • U.S.

Spanish photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra was fascinated by the ROTC programs she saw at Boston-area schools. She found the program and its participants interesting and hoped to showcase how the students still have an individuality about them that isn’t automatically subjugated by the military collective.

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Alejandra Carles-Tolra • Military • Portraits • U.S.
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Through his black-and-white project called "Terra Nostra," photographer Mimi Mollica returns to his native Sicily to rethink the portrayal of his people, often enshrouded by myth and stereotype of the Cosa Nostra, or the Mafia. Mollica said he wanted to photograph “the indelible scars” left behind by the Mafia.

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Black-and-white • Mimi Mollica • Sicily • World

Behold the facekini

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They’re called “facekinis,” and they’re a trend sweeping Chinese beaches. Photographer Peng Yangjun captured a series of women in the odd garments on the beaches of Qingdao, a city in the eastern Shandong province.

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China • Peng Yangjun • Portraits • World
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In his series “Matrimonial Ties,” John Paul Evans aims to challenge the paradigm of the wedding portrait. He and his partner, Peter, pose in different areas of the domestic space to explore definitions of marriage as well as the idea of generational divides.

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Black-and-white • John Paul Evans • LGBT • Portraits • World
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African dress has been known for inspiring high fashion, not headlining it. But that might soon change. Dakar Fashion Week, now it its 12th year, brings designers from around the world to celebrate African fashion. Per-Anders Pettersson photographed the event this past June.

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Africa • Fashion • Per-Anders Pettersson • World
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