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The latest photo stories from TIME’s contributors.

Auto Defensa: Rough Justice in Mexico’s Lawless Mountains

Ross McDonnell—Courtesy of Grafika La Estampa

Photographer Ross McDonnell documents a new chapter in Mexico's enduring battle against violent crime, as communities in Guerrero State take the law into their own hands. His ambrotype wet plate portraits go on view at Paris Photo 2013.

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Blood for Oil: Kurdistan by Ivor Prickett

In this week’s issue of TIME, documentary photographer Ivor Prickett documented how the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq’s north is booming.

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Oscars 2013: Great Performances

For this year’s Great Performances portfolio, TIME asked fashion photographer Paola Kudacki to take portraits of 11 actors, all of whom have been recognized for their portrayals of either real people or historical characters in some of 2012’s best films.

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Exclusive Video: Great Performances 2013

TIME presents video interviews with the actors from our 2013 Great Performances portfolio.

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Liu Jie
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Migrant Nation: Liu Jie Documents China’s Ongoing Transformation

Chinese photographer Liu Jie photographed more than 20 villages in the Chinese countryside, documenting the separation of rural families due to urban migration.

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Rafael Fabrés
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Pacifying the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is bustling in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Photographer Rafael Fabrés documented how Rio’s police force has radically shifted its fight against violence and drug trafficking in the city’s favelas.

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Alessio Romenzi
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Behind the Picture: Aleppo’s River of Death

After more than 70 bodies were discovered in a river outside Aleppo, Syria, TIME spoke with two photographers — Thomas Rassloff and Alessio Romenzi — about their experiences recording the aftermath of what is allegedly the largest massacre of the civil war in Syria.

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Abolfazl Nesaei
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The Aftermath of an Acid Attack in Iran

When Sommayeh Mehri asked for a divorce, her husband responded with a brutal acid attack. Iranian photographer Abolfazl Nesaei documents how Mehri and her daughters live with the scars.

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John Francis Peters
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Set Adrift in Western China

Photographer John Francis Peters’s road trip through China offers a glimpse at the subtle connections that define the country today.

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Happy 70th Birthday, Janis Joplin: Photos of the Young Blues Star

Janis Joplin’s 70th birthday would have been on Saturday. In tribute, LightBox presents a rare look into the young blues singer’s life by photographer Elliott Landy.

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