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The stories behind the image from subjects and photographers.

Moments of Hope in Oklahoma: One Photographer’s Story

Oklahoma Tornado

In the midst of the chaos and devastation that descended on Moore, Okla., one of the first photographers to the scene recounts the heroic moments of a community banding together.

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Alexander M. Harrington
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Photos without Cameras: Exploring Appearance

What is a photograph? What does it mean to make one without a camera? Alexander M. Harrington’s latest project explores the appearance of surface, shadow and depth.

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Taslima Akhter
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A Final Embrace: The Most Haunting Photograph from Bangladesh

Many powerful photographs have been made in the aftermath of the devastating collapse of a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. But one photo, by Bangladeshi photographer Taslima Akhter, has emerged as the most heart wrenching, capturing an entire country’s grief in a single image.

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FBI Release Images Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects
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The Multiplier Effect and the Role of the Photograph in Boston

David Levi Strauss writes for LightBox on how the use of images and dispersion of photographs has evolved to a critical point, as demonstrated during the bombings (and subsequent manhunt) in Boston last week.

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John Tlumacki—The Boston Globe/Getty Images
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Tragedy in Boston: One Photographer’s Eyewitness Account

LightBox spoke with Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki, who photographed the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tlumacki, who has photographed more than 20 marathons in his 30 years at the Globe, describes the sheer chaos of the scene.

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Chris Dean narrates the short film, As I Am, which was co-produced by Alan Spearman, Mark Adams and The Commercial Appeal.
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‘As I Am': From the Streets of South Memphis to the White House and Back Again

Christopher Dean, a twenty-year old who grew up in the projects of South Memphis and whose thoughtful speech introducing President Barack Obama at his high school graduation gained him an internship at the White House, returns to his hometown to collaborate with Alan Spearman, a talented filmmaker, to produce a short, powerful film on a wounded city.

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Alex Majoli—Magnum
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A Decade of War in Iraq: The Images That Moved Them Most

A decade has passed since the United States invaded Iraq. To mark the anniversary, LightBox presents a selection of the most moving and iconic photography from the conflict with the first-person stories behind the images.

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Floria Sigismondi
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Through the Director’s Eyes: On Set with David Bowie and Tilda Swinton

LightBox goes behind the scenes of David Bowie’s latest music video, The Stars (Are Out Tonight), directed by the acclaimed Floria Sigismondi and starring Tilda Swinton.

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Great Performance: John Goodman

For our 2013 Great Performances portfolio, TIME spoke with John Goodman about his role in Argo.

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Great Performance: Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman

For our 2013 Great Performances portfolio, TIME spoke with Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman about their performances in Les Misérables.

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