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While traveling on the New York subway, photographer Kevin Shea Adams was drawn to the peeling advertisements on the walls. As the ads were scratched and pulled away, one could begin to see the previous ad underneath. What was then created was more art than advertisement.

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Advertising • Kevin Shea Adams • New York • U.S.
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When photojournalist Louise Johns looked through her viewfinder last summer at J Bar L Ranch in Montana, she saw more than just the rich hues and rustic tones associated with the countryside. She captured the core of human experience: the relationships shared between man and land, and man and animal.

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American West • Louise Johns • U.S.
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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.
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For three months in 2012, Eric Kruszewski immersed himself inside the little-known world of America’s amusement park workers. Embedded among the carnival employees, he was able to photograph the isolated subculture and capture many of its unseen joys and disappointments.

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Eric Kruszewski • U.S.
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Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks' project #brinsonbanksing started out as a whimsical and romantic snapshot captured by a friend. With the help of social media people around the world started taking their own #Brinsonbanksing pictures, modeling the same pose and using the hashtag.

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U.S.
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Photographer Liz Calvi noticed that her male friends she knew from high school were leaving college and moving back to live with their parents. Disturbed and intrigued, she began taking portraits of the men of her generation, to peel back stereotypes and capture glimpses of their true nature.

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Liz Calvi • Portraits • U.S.
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