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Scotland’s independence referendum is looming. And, unusually, among those who will be deciding whether to stay with the United Kingdom or split are Scotland’s 16- and 17-year-olds. Scottish photographer Kieran Dodds decided to seek them out.

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Kieran Dodds • Panos Pictures • Portraits • Scotland • World
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As the world marks what would have been Jackson’s 56th birthday, photographer Lorena Turner's book, “The Michael Jacksons,” takes a look at performers who dress and act like the late singer. For them it’s much more than a hobby or a job — it’s a way of life.

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Entertainment • Lorena Turner • Michael Jackson • Photo Book • Portraits
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Anyone who’s vacationed in Daytona Beach can attest that it’s hard to scratch the sun-bleached surface of the Florida tourist mecca once known as “the world’s most famous beach.” Spanish photographer Laura Silleras spent about two weeks in 2013 exploring the area and photographing tourists and locals.

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Florida • Laura Silleras • Portraits • U.S.
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With extreme close-ups of political figures, Christopher Anderson aims to break through the staged images that are commonly seen when people run for office. Every wrinkle, skin blemish and hair is there to see as Anderson tries to get to the core of each person’s true self.

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Black-and-white • Christopher Anderson • Magnum Photos • Photo Book • Portraits • U.S.

Spanish photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra was fascinated by the ROTC programs she saw at Boston-area schools. She found the program and its participants interesting and hoped to showcase how the students still have an individuality about them that isn’t automatically subjugated by the military collective.

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Alejandra Carles-Tolra • Military • Portraits • U.S.

Behold the facekini

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They’re called “facekinis,” and they’re a trend sweeping Chinese beaches. Photographer Peng Yangjun captured a series of women in the odd garments on the beaches of Qingdao, a city in the eastern Shandong province.

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China • Peng Yangjun • Portraits • 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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Faces of bravery

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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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