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Through his black-and-white project called "Terra Nostra," photographer Mimi Mollica returns to his native Sicily to rethink the portrayal of his people, often enshrouded by myth and stereotype of the Cosa Nostra, or the Mafia. Mollica said he wanted to photograph “the indelible scars” left behind by the Mafia.

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Black-and-white • Mimi Mollica • Sicily • World

Behold the facekini

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They’re called “facekinis,” and they’re a trend sweeping Chinese beaches. Photographer Peng Yangjun captured a series of women in the odd garments on the beaches of Qingdao, a city in the eastern Shandong province.

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China • Peng Yangjun • Portraits • World
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In his series “Matrimonial Ties,” John Paul Evans aims to challenge the paradigm of the wedding portrait. He and his partner, Peter, pose in different areas of the domestic space to explore definitions of marriage as well as the idea of generational divides.

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Black-and-white • John Paul Evans • LGBT • Portraits • World
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African dress has been known for inspiring high fashion, not headlining it. But that might soon change. Dakar Fashion Week, now it its 12th year, brings designers from around the world to celebrate African fashion. Per-Anders Pettersson photographed the event this past June.

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Africa • Fashion • Per-Anders Pettersson • World
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Faces of bravery

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Each November from 2002 to 2012, Brian David Stevens set out to the Armistice parade on Remembrance Sunday in London with one camera, one lens, one backdrop, and one goal: To honor veterans with a uniform and democratic approach.

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Black-and-white • Brian David Stevens • Portraits • World
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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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Photographer Francoise Huguier was shooting in Malaysia two years ago when she met some young students who shared an affinity for Korean pop music – as well as an outrageous fashion sense. A year later, when she returned, she decided to immortalize them.

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Agence Vu • Francoise Huguier • Malaysia • Portraits • World
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Photographer Aujin Rew's series of elegant bathrooms around the world began as a sort of accident as she took photos of things she found interesting while traveling. Rew typically photographs people, but she studied architecture and is interested in how people use space.

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Aujin Rew • World
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