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After graduating in 2011, photographer Sara Swaty returned to her hometown of St. Louis with plans to continue a project. She found a muse, she said, in an old high school classmate. She remembered Hayley as a cute, funny lesbian. But now Hayley was Harrison, transitioning to a man.

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Black-and-white • Portraits • Sara Swaty
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Many Guatemalans still fight against racial discrimination, poverty and low pay almost 20 years after a devastating civil war. Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Rodrigo Abd traveled to document the faces of those still struggling, but with unlikely equipment.

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Black-and-white • Guatemala • Portraits • Rodrigo Abd • World
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Photographer Brian Driscoll traveled to Egypt in 2011 to document the revolution. In the process, he connected with several young people involved in the protests. He tried to keep in contact after returning home and, through them, learned of a side of the revolution his photos had left unexposed.

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Brian Driscoll • Egypt • Portraits • World
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Photographer Jessica Antola spent February traveling the Ethiopian countryside, admiring the natural beauty of the land. She was blown away by the valleys and mountains with their breathtaking views, but she was ultimately drawn to the people.

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Africa • Ethiopia • Jessica Antola • Portraits • World
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Photograher Felipe Jacome set out to explore a Haitian society he had found to be more resilient, resourceful and self-reliant than was typically recognized. The result is a series of elegant and dignified portraits profiling some of the women working for KOFAVIV, a group offering support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

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Black-and-white • Felipe Jacome • Haiti • Portraits • World

The patriarchal society in northern Albania denies women opportunities given to men - with the exception of an ancient law that allows women to become heads of households after taking an oath of celibacy. Photographer Pepa Hristova documented these women in her project, "Sworn Virgins."

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Albania • Pepa Hristova • Portraits • World
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Photographer Szymon Szcześniak journeyed to remote towns in rural parts of California where the cities he explored were nearly deserted, and the people he photographed live a much more simple life than what comes to mind when thinking of the sunny western state.

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Portraits • Szymon Szcześniak • U.S.
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Mexico-based photographer Alejandro Cartagena took a look at the children from middle-class Mexican families that were born in the United States. The children come from families who can afford the hospital bill and have a valid visa to commute into the United States for work, shopping or to visit family.

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Alejandro Cartagena • Mexico • Portraits • U.S. • World
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