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Jessica Drake has appeared in roughly 300 X-rated films over the past 10 years. CNN and photographer Chris McPherson recently visited the set of “Tuff Love,” a mixed martial arts-themed action porn, to capture a day in her life. “Some people may think I take the acting part of my job a little too seriously,” she says.

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Chris McPherson • Entertainment • Jessica Drake • Los Angeles • Porn • U.S.
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Terry O’Neill photographed the greats of the ‘60s – The Beatles, Twiggy, the Rolling Stones, Jean Shrimpton – and his friendship with his subjects came through in his work. By catching them candidly, O’Neill redefined reportage photography of stars at a time when studio photography was the norm.

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Entertainment • Photo Book • Terry O'Neill
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Bert Stern had the most in-demand iconic beauties of the 1950s and ’60s in front of his camera, including Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren. Possibly most memorably, he captured Marilyn Monroe six weeks before she died for a series later known as “The Last Sitting.”

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Advertising • Bert Stern • Documentary Film • Entertainment • Photo Exhibit
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For his first personal assignment, celebrity photographer and director Matthew Rolston shot portraits of a different breed of entertainers — ventriloquist dummies. “I’m not a ventriloquism person,” Rolston said. But at the core of his celebrity photography is the human face. And these were the most fascinating faces.

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Entertainment • Matthew Rolston • Photo Book • Portraits • Vent Haven Museum
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Henry Grossman spent four years photographing The Beatles as they did everything from perform in concerts and pose for magazine covers to party late into the night and pour milk with bedhead in the morning. His never-before-seen photographs provide an intimate look at the pop culture icons.

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Entertainment • Henry Grossman • Music • Photo Book • The Beatles
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American photographer Darcy Holdorf says aspiring actors in China’s booming film industry spend a majority of their time waiting for work. Based in Shanghai, she recently visited nearby Zhejiang province to look at the lives of extras working in one of the world’s largest film studios.

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China • Darcy Holdorf • Entertainment • World
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Photographer Adam Ewing took portraits of Richmond residents who had groomed their head and facial hair for their roles as extras in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” The clothing, poses, and style of the portraits mix modern and 19th century aesthetics.

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Adam Ewing • Entertainment • Lincoln • Portraits • U.S.
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Kendrick Brinson does not claim to be a hip-hop or rap expert, merely an observer of the culture. Her outsider perspective has translated into a compelling ongoing project about the two genres and their influence in the American South.

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American South • Entertainment • Kendrick Brinson • Music • U.S.
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