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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
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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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Each November from 2002 to 2012, Brian David Stevens set out to the Armistice parade on Remembrance Sunday in London with one camera, one lens, one backdrop, and one goal: To honor veterans with a uniform and democratic approach.

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Black-and-white • Brian David Stevens • Portraits • World
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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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