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The Kumbh Mela in 2013: One Photographer’s View

Hindu Devotees Gather For The Maha Kumbh

How do you photograph the largest gathering of people on Earth? Getty photographer Daniel Berehulak writes for LightBox about the challenges of photographing the Maha Kumbh Mela, a 55-day event estimated to draw over 100 million people to the confluence of three holy rivers in India.

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Forward Operating Base Shank, the logistical hub for American operations in Logar Province Afghanistan January 27 2013Hundreds of containers full of equipment are stacked in the yards of Forward Operating Base Shank, the logistical hub for American operations in Logar Province. Since July 2012, soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade have been working to ship containers off of the base, reducing the number from more than 8,000 to 5,000 in January 2013.
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America’s Long Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Photographs by Yuri Kozyrev

TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev traveled to Afghanistan to document how the American military will bring the materials home from more than a decade of war.

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"Are you listening to me?!" Shane screamed. "Grow the f*ck up, Maggie! Grow the f*ck up!"
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Photographer as Witness: A Portrait of Domestic Violence

The Violence Against Women Act, which provides funding to help victims of domestic violence, is now up for re-authorization. Photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz’s photographs document one such violent incident — the kind that’s often kept private behind closed doors.

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MDR-TB isolation wards in Drug Resistant TB Center, one for women and one for men, Patna, Bihar State, India. James Nachtwey People in Vietnam affected by Agent Orange, an herbicide used by American forces during the war to defoliate the forests in order to deny cover to the enemy.  The active ingredient, dioxin, is extremely toxic and has caused several generations of children to be born with severe disabilities and deformations. Families in rural farming areas with affected offspring. Cam Lo District, Quang Tri Province. Heavily sprayed during the war as the Ho Chi Minh Trail ran through the region from Laos. James Nachtwey People in Vietnam affected by Agent Orange, an herbicide used by American forces during the war to defoliate the forests in order to deny cover to the enemy.  The active ingredient, dioxin, is extremely toxic and has caused several generations of children to be born with severe disabilities and deformations. Families in rural farming areas with affected offspring. Cam Lo District, Quang Tri Province. Heavily sprayed during the war as the Ho Chi Minh Trail ran through the region from Laos. James Nachtwey
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Drug-Resistant TB in India: Photographs by James Nachtwey

TIME contract photographer James Nachtwey traveled to Mumbai to document the battle against drug-resistant tuberculosis.

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©Alfred Wertheimer
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Happy 80th Birthday, Nina Simone: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer

On what would have been Nina Simone’s 80th birthday, LightBox celebrates her life and her legacy with a series of Alfred Wertheimer’s magnificent, intimate portraits of the star.

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Mali Fighting
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Jerome Delay: Photographing Mali’s Invisible War

French photographer Jerome Delay has spent the past month photographing the unfolding conflict in Mali for the Associated Press. Here, LightBox presents a selection of his recent work alongside his reflections on his time in-country.

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Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME / Original Image by Kermit Roosevelt / Library of Congress
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Bringing Color to Presidents Past

To commemorate President’s Day, TIME commissioned Swedish photo editor Sanna Dullaway to colorize portraits of 12 American Presidents from the past 150 years.

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Image: Bolshoi ballet
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Yuri Kozyrev: From the Battlefield to the Ballet

TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev went from an embed in Afghanistan to the aristocracy of the Bolshoi Ballet in mere hours in back-to-back assignments for TIME.

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California, 1955.
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A Kiss Is (More Than) Just a Kiss: Elliott Erwitt’s Portraits of Intimacy

To commemorate Valentine’s Day in a unique and moving way, LightBox turned to Elliott Erwitt’s sprawling archive for inspiration.

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Puerto Rican Wedding, East Harlem, 1970
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Everyday Life in the Hood: New York 1970-1973

Photographer Camilo José Vergara writes for LightBox about his experience photographing the urban blight of 1970s New York.

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