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Much of Iran’s youth are living a double life today, caught in the middle of a culture clash between the East and the West. Iranian-German photojournalist Kaveh Rostamkhani spent time with some of them behind closed doors and saw what their private lives are really like.

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Iran • Kaveh Rostamkhani • World
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Each fall in Kulasekarapattinam, a metamorphosis from human to divine takes hold. Millions converge on the coastal town in South India to celebrate the 10-day Hindu festival of Navratri – a vibrant embodiment of the triumph of good over evil.

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Black-and-white • India • Portraits • World • Yannick Cormier

Inspired by an old photograph of the back of a young woman's head, Tara Bogart took similar portraits for her project called “A Modern Hair Study.” These photos highlight the subtle differences of women in a new way - not by their face, for example, or their clothes.

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Fine Art Photography • Portraits • Tara Bogart • U.S. • World
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Fifty years ago, the man we now know as Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston to become, at 22, one of the youngest heavyweight boxing champions of all time. Photographer Danny Lyon spent three days with Ali in 1970 and shares some of his best photos and what he remembers about the champ.

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Danny Lyon • Magnum Photos • Muhammad Ali • Photo Book • Portraits • Sports
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In refugee camps around the world, the group Payasos Sin Fronteras — or Clowns Without Borders — gives children something to smile about. Photographer Samuel Rodriguez has traveled to troubled areas of Africa, Haiti and the Middle East and witnessed the joy these performers bring to their audiences.

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Entertainment • Refugees • Samuel Rodriguez • World
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Photographer Hana Knizova took pictures of Los Angeles youth: The aspiring models, actors, singers and fashion designers who dream of fame and fortune. Each shoot was a collaboration. Knizova would let her subjects come up with ideas for their portraits, as well as where they wanted to be photographed.

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Hana Knizova • Hollywood • Los Angeles • Photo Book • U.S.
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People from all over the world visit Norway every year to compete in an annual bicycle race 540 kilometers (336 miles) long. It is punishing on the body. Especially the feet, which Espen Rasmussen took photos of minutes after people crossed the finish line.

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Espen Rasmussen • Portraits • Sports • World
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To juxtapose South Korea’s past with its present, Julia Fullerton-Batten put Korean girls in hanbok — a centuries-old dress typically worn only at ceremonies and special occasions — and set them against the modern backdrop of Seoul, the country's capital.

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Julia Fullerton-Batten • Korea • World
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