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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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Photography student Michael Anthony Schmidt takes the Staten Island Ferry at least three times a week to get to school. At first he was just people-watching, but about three months ago he started taking pictures of his fellow passengers. “It’s pretty wild,” he said. “The diversity is just incredible.”

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Michael Anthony Schmidt • New York • Travel • U.S.
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Photographer Emine Ziyatdinova introduced herself to Yuriy Shelkaev while pursuing a long-term project on the Russian immigrant community in Brighton Beach. A self-proclaimed psychic and spiritual healer, he told her that their meeting was destined.

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Emine Ziyatdinova • Immigration • Natural Disasters • New York • U.S.
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When Israeli photographer Natan Dvir first visited New York City, the skyscrapers and larger-than-life advertisements overwhelmed him. Everything was branded. He had never seen billboards at ground level before and was struck by the juxtaposition between the giant advertisements and the pedestrians on the street.

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Natan Dvir • New York • Photo Exhibit • Polaris • Street Photography • U.S.
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On her way to the grocery store or laundry, Melissa Kirschenheiter would pass a barbershop in New York’s Harlem area. She noticed barbers and customers drinking and listening to music and was intrigued. “It felt like a dance club,” Kirschenheiter said. “It did not feel like a barbershop.”

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Melissa Kirschenheiter • New York • U.S.
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In 1946, as a 15-year-old, Harold Feinstein picked up a Kodak Vigilant camera and began shooting. Now at 81, he has six decades of photographs from Coney Island, along with images from around the world, some of which are published in his new book, "Harold Feinstein: A Retrospective."

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Black-and-white • Harold Feinstein • New York • Photo Book • South Korea
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Though he was a graphic designer by trade, Leon Levinstein’s photographs appeared in books and magazines in the 1950s and 60s. Even as a master of street photography, he was not interested in fame or glory. He captured people in natural moments, often remaining unnoticed himself.

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Black-and-white • Leon Levinstein • New York • Photo Exhibit • Street Photography • U.S.
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Brian Finke is known for his vivid photography of select groups of individuals capturing the worlds of flight attendants, cheerleaders, football players and bodybuilders. In 2008, just before the building boom ended in New York, Finke’s focus turned toward the men and women in construction.

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Brian Finke • ClampArt • DECODE Books • New York
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