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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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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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Faces are not the focus in Anastasia Pottinger’s photos of people over 100 years old. It’s the little details — the creases of their necks, the dimples in their cheeks, the wrinkles in their wrists — that she chooses to focus on. The models hope that this project will change society's view of aging, she said.

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Anastasia Pottinger • Black-and-white • Portraits • U.S.

Photographer Katy Grannan’s project ‘The 99’ depicts real, raw, vulnerable people as they are – no facades – just humanity at its core. The result is striking photos of pure contemporary melancholy against blown out, bright backgrounds, giving these street portraits a stark, genuine feeling.

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Katy Grannan • Portraits • U.S.
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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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