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Playacting for Power in Istanbul: Portraits of Protesters and Soap Opera Stars

City of Dreams

Following a long hiatus away from photography after being injured in Libya, photojournalist Guy Martin writes for LightBox about his newest project pairing the theatricality of Istanbul's protests with the drama of its soap opera stages.

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Patrick Brown—Panos
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Traded to Extinction: Portraits of Poaching in Asia

Bangkok-based photographer Patrick Brown spent more than 10 years documenting the underbelly of the illegal wildlife trade in Asia

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The Winners
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Portraits of the Winners, the Best and Better in Belarus

Wry portraits of the best milkmaids, fitness queens, hunters, potato farmers and other winners of the quirky propagandistic contests organized by one of last remaining dictatorships in Europe.

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Sochi Russia January 15  2014 A patient during his mineral bath at the Matsesta Sanatorium in Sochi.  Starting in the late 1930s, Matsesta was at the center of Josef Stalin's drive to turn Sochi into the premier resort city of the Soviet Union. Workers from across the USSR were given yearly leaves, paid for by the government, to rest in Sochi's sanatoria and recuperate from their year of toiling in Soviet factories and mines. After the fall of communism, however, Matsesta was privatized and found it hard to compete with resorts in foreign countries like Turkey and Egypt, which were suddenly open to Russian visitors in the early 1990s. The dilapidated sanatorium now survives on the trickle of tourists still nostalgic for the sulphur baths and hot springs they remember from their Soviet holidays.
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Weird, Wonderful Sochi: Inside Russia’s Own Palm Beach

TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev takes us inside the weird, wonderful world of Sochi, which was known in Soviet times as Russia’s version of Palm Beach.

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Nicholas Albrecht
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Salton Sea: An Italian Photographer Documents a Surreal American Oasis

Italian photographer Nicholas Albrecht only expected to visit the Salton Sea for a few days, instead he stayed 10-months. His photographs document his personal experience of this isolated region in the Southern California desert.

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Central African Republic
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Amid the Violence: Central African Republic’s Looted Storefronts

Jerome Delay’s images of looted Muslim-owned stores in Bangui, the country’s capital, provide an unsettlingly quiet look at the results of the ongoing conflict.

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Ukraine Protests
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Fire and Ice in Kiev: Ross McDonnell on Ukraine’s Front Line

Ross McDonnell’s powerful photographs from the front line of Ukraine’s ongoing civil unrest

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APTOPIX Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
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Muhammed Muheisen’s Portraits of Young Afghan Refugees

Muhammed Muheisen, Associated Press photographer and TIME’s best wire photographer of 2013, spent a week making these striking portraits of young Afghan refugees.

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Ugo Lucio Borga—Echo
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Life on a ‘Death River’ in Bangladesh

The Buriganga River gave life to Dhaka, and Dhaka killed it. Photographer Ugo Borga documents the human and environmental catastrophe unfolding in Bangladesh.

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Jehad Nga for TIME
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Inside the Photographer’s Studio: Malick Sidibe

Jehad Nga photographs the small, storied one-room home and studio of renowned portrait artist Malick Sidibe, light years from the art centers of the world and exactly where he wants to be in his life and in his career — the same neighbor to Malians that he has always been, despite the fame that has gradually found him.

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