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The End of the World: For the Maya, It May Already Be Here

Aline Paley

In southern Mexico, neo-hippies are gathering to witness the end of the world. But for the Maya, who have lived there for millennia, the end-time came years ago — in the shape of the 20th century.

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Callie Shell for TIME
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48 Hours with Obama: TIME’s Person of the Year 2012 by Callie Shell

Callie Shell has photographed President Barack Obama countless times before, so it’s only fitting that she spent time with the Commander-in-Chief for TIME’s Person of the Year issue.

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Bernat Armangue—AP
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TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2012

TIME presents the top 10 photographs of the year — the images that moved us most in 2012, along with the backstories from the photographers who shot the now iconic frames.

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Peter Hapak for TIME
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TIME’s Best Portraits of 2012

A great portrait captures the very essence of its subject, and this year, TIME continued its long legacy of storytelling with a number of compelling photographs of newsmakers, from politicians and businessmen to comedians and Oscar winners.

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Moises Saman—Magnum for TIME
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TIME’s Best Photojournalism of 2012

Throughout 2012, TIME’s unparalleled photojournalists were there. At a time when so much hangs in the balance, bearing witness can be the most essential act — and that’s what we do. Here’s the best of our commissioned photojournalism from 2012.

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Omar Mullick
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Reflections in a Pashtun Cinema

Photographer Omar Mullick has spent the last decade passing through the countries of Central Asia on assignment. He reflects on his photographs of a Pashtun cinema in Karachi, a space that defied the preconceived images of the region.

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Americans by Chris Morris
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‘Americans': Christopher Morris Captures a Nation Divided

TIME contract photographer Christopher Morris sought to make an anthropological study of America—not for this week, or for this past election cycle—but a body of work that future generations could look back on to get a sense of the country’s mood.

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Thomas P. Peschak
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The Shark Trade of the Arabian Sea

The shark trade is a thriving industry in the Arabian Peninsula. Last week, the European Union voted to tighten shark-fishing regulations. LightBox presents Thomas P. Peshak’s photographs of the industry that has put the region’s shark populations on the precipice of degradation.

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Image: Winterland, February 1968
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Happy 70th Birthday, Jimi Hendrix: Photos of an Incendiary Talent

On what would have been his 70th birthday, LightBox pays tribute to the guitar wizard through photos made by another iconoclastic creative force, the rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall.

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Jonathan Torgovnik—Reportage by Getty Images for TIME
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Generation of Orphans: South Africa’s Children of AIDS

Jonathan Torgovnik’s photographs put a face on the destructive legacy AIDS has brought upon the families of South Africa.

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