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While taking photos inside a Polish drunk tank, Kuba Kaminski encountered people from all walks of life. Inside what Kaminski calls the "sobering chamber," bankers, diplomats and journalists shared rooms with panhandlers and the homeless, chatting in the nonsensical language of the inebriated.

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Black-and-white • Kuba Kaminski • World
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Photographer Aitor Lara shot within the ring of bullfighting games in Seville and Ronda, where some of the most important matches take place at spring and summer festivals. Bullfighting is an ancient part of the Spanish culture, and people of all classes and ideologies gather to watch.

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Aitor Lara • Black-and-white • Spain • Sports • World
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Faces are not the focus in Anastasia Pottinger’s photos of people over 100 years old. It’s the little details — the creases of their necks, the dimples in their cheeks, the wrinkles in their wrists — that she chooses to focus on. The models hope that this project will change society's view of aging, she said.

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Anastasia Pottinger • Black-and-white • Portraits • U.S.
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Their faces are shocked, drawn and grim, these Somali refugees arriving at a camp just over the Kenyan border. Yet photographer Luca Catalano Gonzaga sees the positive side: people who are willing to stand up for themselves and sacrifice for a new life rather than remain in their troubled homeland.

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Black-and-white • Luca Catalano Gonzaga • Portraits • Refugees • Somalia • World

Jon Lowenstein trains his eye on the parts of society many people try to avoid. He says he tries to take a problem like modern-day slavery and engage people on a personal, emotional level. Lowenstein's latest project shows those who have been victimized by human trafficking in the United States.

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Black-and-white • Freedom Project • Human Trafficking • Jon Lowenstein • Noor • Portraits • U.S.
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Photographer Alexander Lepeshkin spends whole nights at Clumba parties where the young creatives of Russia put on their most flashy and drink. His photos capture candid moments of alcohol-enhanced connections and collapses, but he says he’s not a party photographer – he’s a youth photographer.

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Alexander Lepeshkin • Black-and-white • Russia • World
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The real Sin City

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Mette Frandsen's photo collection from neon-charged Las Vegas is not what you’d expect in a glossy tourist brochure full of over-the-top scenes, taut bodies and high-stakes fun. Nor is it what you’d envision in a “Hangover”-esque movie, overrun with excess, despair and depravity.

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Black-and-white • Las Vegas • Mette Frandsen • U.S.
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Living in Ostrava, an industrial city in Czech Republic near its northern border with Poland, photographer Viktor Kolar has seen the rise and fall of communism, the division of one country into two, and the decline of his home city as an industrial powerhouse. Throughout, he captured moments among the locals.

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Black-and-white • Street Photography • Viktor Kolar • World
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