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Laia Abril had long been shooting projects about gender and sexuality when she stumbled into a concept she'd never before heard of: asexuality – people who feel no sexual attraction to others. To tell their stories, Abril interviewed each person and created an online multimedia project about their perspectives.

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Gender and Sexuality • Laia Abril • Portraits • World
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Their faces are shocked, drawn and grim, these Somali refugees arriving at a camp just over the Kenyan border. Yet photographer Luca Catalano Gonzaga sees the positive side: people who are willing to stand up for themselves and sacrifice for a new life rather than remain in their troubled homeland.

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Black-and-white • Luca Catalano Gonzaga • Portraits • Refugees • Somalia • World
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In her portrait series NYC Dance, Veronika Marquez jolts sensually through New York’s famous landscapes, stopping traffic as she photographs herself in her unusual street choreography. Marquez focuses on the unseen, magnetic force field that is New York — the frenetic energy that inspired so many modern artists.

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Dance • New York • Portraits • U.S. • Veronika Marquez

Jon Lowenstein trains his eye on the parts of society many people try to avoid. He says he tries to take a problem like modern-day slavery and engage people on a personal, emotional level. Lowenstein's latest project shows those who have been victimized by human trafficking in the United States.

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Black-and-white • Freedom Project • Human Trafficking • Jon Lowenstein • Noor • Portraits • U.S.
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Yvonne Albinowski took an ambitious photographic journey across the Nevada portion of U.S. Route 50 — or as Life magazine once dubbed it, “the loneliest road in America.” She discovered, however, that most of the towns along the road “didn’t really feel all that lonely.”

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Portraits • U.S. • Yvonne Albinowski

What Mom left behind

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After her mom passed away in February 2013, Jennifer Loeber was compelled to hold on to even the “most mundane” of her mom’s possessions. To cope with the loss and achieve catharsis, she juxtaposed these objects with vintage photos to make a special kind of memorial.

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Jennifer Loeber • Portraits • U.S.
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The most common cause of dwarfism is a condition called achondroplasia. It is a birth defect that affects bone growth, especially in the arms and legs. Photographer Lourdes Segade followed children who suffer from the disorder and underwent a painful limb-lengthening procedure to help them become taller.

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Health • Lourdes Segade • Portraits • World
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Markel Redondo photographed witnesses of Holocaust massacres across Ukraine, Russia and Moldova. Through an initiative by the Paris-based group Yahad – In Unum, he listened to their stories — many of which are difficult to hear — about victims who were executed by Nazis and their allies throughout Eastern Europe.

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Holocaust • Markel Redondo • Panos Pictures • Portraits • World
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