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Cyclones, floods and monsoons. These cyclical natural disasters had originally drawn photographer Luca Catalano Gonzaga to Bangladesh, where he quickly discovered another native pattern of devastation: sex for sale.

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Bangladesh • Luca Catalano Gonzaga • World
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Spanish photographer Juan Manuel Castro Prieto has visited Peru 15 times since his first trip in 1990. His most recent project focuses on shamanism, which centers on the belief that nature – also called Pachamama, or Mother Earth – lives in every man.

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Agence Vu • Peru • Religion • South America • World

“This series sprung out of a natural lure towards the beauty of laboring women,” said photographer Jenna Shouldice. While she recognizes it’s not traditional for photographers to be involved with their subjects, she says childbirth is one situation where crossing that boundary is warranted.

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Kai Wiedenhöfer photographed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Over the last seven years, he has documented barriers that continue to divide people around the world. An exhibit of his panoramic images is now on display along a surviving stretch of the Iron Curtain.

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Germany • Kai Wiedenhöfer • Photo Book • Photo Exhibit • Steidl • World
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The Chiang Mai Cabaret show is the only drag cabaret in the city of the same name in northern Thailand. Photographer Rachel Dennis captured the "kathoeys," transgenders who are considered the "third gender," prepping backstage and performing onstage.

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Asia • Gender and Sexuality • Rachel Dennis • Thailand • World
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Brooklyn native Giacomo Fortunato takes photographs of ordinary people in ordinary situations, but there is nothing conventional about the moments he captures. “I show not only how people inform their surroundings but also how the surroundings define them,” he said.

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Giacomo Fortunato • Travel • World

For four days, photographer Hollis Bennett was surrounded by more than 2,000 raging metalheads on a luxury cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico. The trip set a record as the world's largest heavy metal cruise and, according to its organizers, broke Royal Caribbean’s record for weeklong alcohol sales before it even left port.

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Entertainment • Music • Travel • World
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To people who have never seen the Ganges River in India, it calls to mind images of thousands of devout Hindus wading into its waters during religious rituals. But photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz wanted to get to know the Ganges as a character and capture the stories it had to tell.

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Asia • India • MJR • Mustafah Abdulaziz • Religion • World
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