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Jaimie Warren shoots self-portraits of herself as celebrities crossed with items of food: Lasagna Del Rey. Oreo-prah Winfrey. Pretzel Rod Stewart. The food-celebrity mash-ups, inspired by punning Photoshopped portraits of celebrities she finds on the Internet, are part of a series she calls “Celebrities As Food."

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In refugee camps around the world, the group Payasos Sin Fronteras — or Clowns Without Borders — gives children something to smile about. Photographer Samuel Rodriguez has traveled to troubled areas of Africa, Haiti and the Middle East and witnessed the joy these performers bring to their audiences.

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Entertainment • Refugees • Samuel Rodriguez • World

One full year before Madonna appeared on television for the first time and confidently declared to Dick Clark on “American Bandstand” that she was going to “rule the world,” photographer Richard Corman could have told you the same thing.

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Entertainment • Madonna • Music • Photo Book • Portraits • Richard Corman • U.S.
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At the age of 16, while most young people were learning to drive, Brad Elterman was begging his brother to loan him his camera so he could take pictures of legendary musicians and movie stars, such as Joan Jett, David Bowie, John Travolta and Brooke Shields – the list goes on.

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Brad Elterman • Entertainment • Hollywood • Los Angeles • Music • Photo Book • U.S.

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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Adam Reign started photographing the vogue dance scene in Harlem last year. He found that ballroom culture is more than expressive dancing, fashion and music – it’s a lifestyle. And with roots tracing back to New York’s gay and transgender black and Hispanic community, it’s also a haven for those who are often ostracized.

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Adam Reign • Black-and-white • Dance • Entertainment • Gender and Sexuality • New York • U.S.

For four days, photographer Hollis Bennett was surrounded by more than 2,000 raging metalheads on a luxury cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico. The trip set a record as the world's largest heavy metal cruise and, according to its organizers, broke Royal Caribbean’s record for weeklong alcohol sales before it even left port.

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Entertainment • Music • Travel • World
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Jessica Drake has appeared in roughly 300 X-rated films over the past 10 years. CNN and photographer Chris McPherson recently visited the set of “Tuff Love,” a mixed martial arts-themed action porn, to capture a day in her life. “Some people may think I take the acting part of my job a little too seriously,” she says.

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Chris McPherson • Entertainment • Jessica Drake • Los Angeles • Porn • U.S.
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