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For the last seven years, Carlos Javier Ortiz has been spending countless hours photographing families affected by gun violence. His images – emotionally striking and sometimes disturbing – illustrate in stark detail "what happens to young people and their families after they've been shot," he said.

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Black-and-white • Carlos Javier Ortiz • Chicago • Gun Control • U.S.
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Senghenydd, a small village in the south of Wales, was the site of the worst coal mining disaster in the history of the United Kingdom. It killed 439 men on October 14, 1913. Shortly after the tragedy, an unknown photographer named Benton arrived from Glasgow and documented the aftermath of the event.

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Black-and-white • Historic Photos • United Kingdom • Wales • World
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Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" portrait became a symbol of the Depression era. The influential photographer is the subject of a new book and documentary that include previously unpublished images and reveal the impact of her career.

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Black-and-white • Dorothea Lange • Photo Book
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A patchwork of different ethnic groups live in Northeast India, often in conflict with one another and caught up in a complex whirl of geopolitics. Photojournalist Sami Siva spent time with Kuki militants in the lush green hills of the state of Manipur. He says their armed struggle for independence is widely supported in the region.

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Black-and-white • India • Redux Pictures • Sami Siva • World

They wear their Afghanistan war stories proudly on their chests, across their arms and elsewhere. The tattoo imagery of a tightly knit military unit is the subject of a new book by war photographer Jan Grarup. For some soldiers, the tattoos are a living diary. They also provide a mechanism for emotional healing.

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Black-and-white • Denmark • Jan Grarup • Photo Book • Tattoos • World
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In northern New Mexico, there is a stockpile of discarded junk from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the nation’s most infamous nuclear weapons research and development facility. Photographer Janire Najera captured the beginning of the end of the eclectic Black Hole museum and military surplus store.

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Black-and-white • Janire Najera • New Mexico • Still Life • U.S.
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Asked why he chose to move to rural Hebden Bridge from urban Manchester, England, as a young man in the 1970s, Martin Parr says it was because he “fancied the look of the place.” Despite the decline of the local mills and industry, it still yielded the novel charms of traditional town life.

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Black-and-white • Magnum Photos • Martin Parr • Photo Book • United Kingdom

When South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord released the music video for their single “I Fink U Freeky,” the world watched. The visually stunning black-and-white video went viral because the man behind the camera had been perfecting his aesthetic for the past 10 years.

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Africa • Black-and-white • Entertainment • Music • Roger Ballen • South Africa • World
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