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Photographer Camille Lepage Killed in Central African Republic

Humanitarian Crisis in Central African Republic

The body of French photojournalist Camille Lepage was found in the Bouar region of Central African Republic, the French presidency said in a statement on Tuesday. Lepage, a young photographer committed to the deep documentation of under-covered conflicts in eastern and central Africa, was 26.

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Marines Begin Operation Dagger
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Testament: Remembering Chris Hondros’ Iconic Photograph From Iraq

On the third anniversary of Chris Hondros’ death, Getty’s Director of Photography Pancho Bernasconi talks to TIME about one of Hondros’ most poignant and shocking images: that of a blood-soaked young girl in Tal Afar, Iraq.

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Ruth Snyder
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The First Photograph of an Execution by Electric Chair

With Tennessee Senators voting to reinstate the electric chair to execute capital inmates, TIME looks at the first known photograph of this controversial form of capital punishment.

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In Memoriam: Anja Niedringhaus (1965—2014)

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was killed and an AP correspondent was wounded in Eastern Afghanistan while covering the lead up to Saturday’s presidential election.

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Mad Men Matthew Weiner Christina Hendricks TV 2014 Advertising Alex Majoli John Slattery as Roger Sterling (Center) and Rich Sommer as Harry Crane (Right)
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‘Mad Men’ Up Close: Photos From the Set of the Celebrated Show

Alex Majoli’s marvelous black and white portraits of the Mad Men cast harken back to long gone years when photographers worked and mingled backstage and, every once in a while, came away with pure gold.

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The First Photograph of the Sun

In 1845, five years after Dr. J. W. Draper captured the first photograph of the full moon, French physicists Leon Foucault and Louis Fizeau made the first successful photograph of the sun

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Jonathan Woods (in orange) assists ironworkers as they remove the 13-foot-long jib from the beacon at the very top of 1 World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 28, 2013.
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10 Best Questions from TIME’s 1 World Trade Center Twitter Chat

Here are the 10 best questions from LightBox’s 1 World Trade Center Twitter chat

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Shaul Schwarz for TIME
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A Photographer Finds a New World of Expression in Film

In light of the growing demand for quality visual storytelling from media organizations, photographer Shaul Schwarz — who recently directed Rise Red Border Films’ story of the people who built One World Trade Center — has set up Reel Peak Films, a production company combining photojournalists and filmmakers.

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Death in Harlem: James VanDerZee’s Funerary Portraits

Famed photographer James VanDerZee’s beautiful, ethereal post-mortem portraits are about far more than death.

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Marco Grob for TIME
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Meeting His Holiness: TIME’s Portrait of the Dalai Lama

TIME contract photographer Marco Grob took this stunning portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for this week’s international edition, to accompany an interview by Elizabeth Dias

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