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Mikolaj Nowacki is in love with New York City, and he wants to share it with the world. The Polish-born lawyer-turned-photographer travels the world for prestigious publications such as The Sunday Times Magazine, Le Monde and Neue Zurcher Zeitung, but the Big Apple holds a particular place in his heart.

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Black-and-white • Mikolaj Nowacki • New York • U.S.
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Pigeons – love them or hate them, everyone has an opinion about them. In big cities, they are often regarded as filthy or diseased and referred to as “flying rats.” But Brooklyn-based photographer Mansura Khanam feels these avian underdogs deserve a closer look.

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Animals • Mansura Khanam • New York • Portraits • U.S. • Wildlife
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The first time Smita Sharma saw a dolled-up dog, she wasn’t sure quite what to think. “I was just on the subway or walking on the road, doing photography and I was really surprised. I thought they looked like little children dressed up, and they were ... dogs.”

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Dogs • New York • Smita Sharma • U.S.
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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.
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In New York City exist places where nature has not been rearranged by man, places where the freshest air is under a shady maple. Not ostensibly visible, but these untouched oases exist – giving Earth its air, in all five boroughs, sought out and photographed by Mitch Epstein in his new book, “New York Arbor.”

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Black-and-white • Fine Art Photography • Mitch Epstein • New York • Photo Book • U.S.
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The self-proclaimed “Queen of Swords,” Natasha Veruschka, a multiple Guinness World Record holder for swallowing swords, is quite reserved for a woman who makes a living performing in front of hundreds of people around the globe.

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New York • Performance Art • Zoran Milich
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Not dissimilar to young girls playing dress up in their mothers’ clothes, Kyoko Hamada's self-portrait project evolved from a desire to dress the part of her older self, decades into the future. Unafraid to trade in her high heels for some oversized grandma gowns, the 40-year-old photographer started the series in May 2011.

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Fine Art Photography • Kyoko Hamada • New York • Self-portraits • U.S.
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Photographer Sara Forrest started documenting Heather Hardy’s daily routine last year. The 31-year-old boxer has never lost a professional fight, but she knows what it’s like to get knocked down. When Superstorm Sandy hit New York in October, Hardy was still recovering from losing her home in a fire a few months earlier.

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Boxing • New York • Sara Forrest • Sports • U.S.
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