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Longing for his homeland, Dylan Davies returned to South Africa and staged a series of portraits to reflect his feelings about the country and illustrate its cultural diversity. With made-up names, kingdoms and costumes, Davies sculpted each “princess” with adornments that represented his experiences.

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Africa • Dylan Davies • Portraits • World
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At first, Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi’s latest project looks like a fashion spread in Vogue magazine: Beautiful women with long, flowing black hair. Shimmering dresses melting into shiny backgrounds. But darkness emanates from the sparkle. Bullets.

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Lalla Essaydi • Portraits • World
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Amid the spiral of violence and chaos in eastern Ukraine this year, photographer Christopher Nunn set out to document the quieter side of the conflict. He spent a couple of days in late May with conscripted soldiers of the Ukrainian army, observing ordinary people who’d been dragged into an extraordinary situation.

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Chris Nunn • Ukraine • World
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While taking photos inside a Polish drunk tank, Kuba Kaminski encountered people from all walks of life. Inside what Kaminski calls the "sobering chamber," bankers, diplomats and journalists shared rooms with panhandlers and the homeless, chatting in the nonsensical language of the inebriated.

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Black-and-white • Kuba Kaminski • World
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Photographer Liz Calvi noticed that her male friends she knew from high school were leaving college and moving back to live with their parents. Disturbed and intrigued, she began taking portraits of the men of her generation, to peel back stereotypes and capture glimpses of their true nature.

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Liz Calvi • Portraits • U.S.
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Moldova’s economic crisis and political strife have created an emigration phenomena of alarming proportions. With one of the world’s largest diaspora, entire towns and villages are disappearing. It was the incalculable toll on Moldova’s children that drove Asa Sjöström to photograph their world.

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Asa Sjostrom • Moldolva • Russia • World
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Photographer Aitor Lara shot within the ring of bullfighting games in Seville and Ronda, where some of the most important matches take place at spring and summer festivals. Bullfighting is an ancient part of the Spanish culture, and people of all classes and ideologies gather to watch.

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Aitor Lara • Black-and-white • Spain • Sports • World
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In an era when even the telephone was not widely used, many soldiers turned to the picture postcard to send word home to loved ones. The postcards are real photographs, shot in black-and-white and hand-colored afterward, as color photography was in its infancy, said Sarah McDonald, a curator at Getty Images.

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Getty Images • World • World War I
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