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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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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
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The real Sin City

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Mette Frandsen's photo collection from neon-charged Las Vegas is not what you’d expect in a glossy tourist brochure full of over-the-top scenes, taut bodies and high-stakes fun. Nor is it what you’d envision in a “Hangover”-esque movie, overrun with excess, despair and depravity.

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Black-and-white • Las Vegas • Mette Frandsen • U.S.

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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Ilana Panich-Linsman didn't know much of the child pageant world beyond the bejeweled dresses of reality television shows. But through Emily Dextraze, an 11-year-old competitor from Massachusetts, she was able to get an inside look at the real life of a preteen beauty queen.

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Children • Ilana Panich-Linsman • U.S.
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