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When Chen Liyan was just 1 year old, her mother abandoned her and her father, who now suffers from serious pulmonary tuberculosis. Despite her young age, Liyan has taken the role of caretaker for her ailing father. Photographer Jia DaiTengFei captures her enduring essence in his project “Smile to Life.”

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Asia • China • Health • Jia DaiTengFei • World
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Photographer Zed Nelson's “Love Me” is a collection of portraits from 17 countries on five continents. The people he photographed are all in pursuit of body improvement, a “new religion” that cultivates an obsession with the validity of appearance, he said.

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Health • Photo Book • Portraits • World • Zed Nelson
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Frank Herfort is fascinated by the uniquely shaped buildings that have seemed to sprout from the ground since the end of the Soviet era. The majority of them are less than 10 years old. They are imposing symbols of creativity and optimism that Herfort suspects would take many people by surprise.

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Architecture • Frank Herfort • Photo Book • Russia • Soviet Union • World

When South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord released the music video for their single “I Fink U Freeky,” the world watched. The visually stunning black-and-white video went viral because the man behind the camera had been perfecting his aesthetic for the past 10 years.

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Africa • Black-and-white • Entertainment • Music • Roger Ballen • South Africa • World
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When he visited Syria in 2007, Nicolas Righetti kept seeing the same person everywhere he went. In the living room of a house, in a public square and in the back of a bus, he couldn't get away from the unblinking stare of Bashar al-Assad.

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Bashar al-Assad • Nicolas Righetti • Portraits • Rezo • Syria • World

The Kara tribe lives on the banks of the Omo River in an extremely remote area of southern Ethiopia. Photographer Rick Egan visited the village for the first time in 2011 and returned this year with a new project in mind. “I wanted to see what they would do if they had a chance to take their own pictures,” he said.

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Africa • Ethiopia • Rick Egan • World
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Photographer Eugenia Maximova pursued “Of Time and Memory” to capture the distinct style of homes from the era before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Compensating for hard times, the homes became more kitsch, she said.

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Eugenia Maximova • Photo Exhibit • Soviet Union • World
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Photographers Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni rode with 600 pilgrims and volunteers as they took the “white train” from Reggio Calabria in southern Italy to the French town of Lourdes. Disabled believers make the journey annually in hopes of a miracle.

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Europe • Jean-Marc Caimi • Redux Pictures • Religion • Travel • Valentina Piccinni • World
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