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The stories behind the image from subjects and photographers.

150 Years Later: Picturing the Bloody Battle of Antietam

Alexander Gardner / Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-cwpb-03560

On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, Alexander Gardner's battlefield photographs of America's bloodiest day remind us of the arresting power of conflict photography.

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Drum Social Histories / Baileys African History Archive / Africa Media Online
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Remembering the Death of Steve Biko 35 Years Later

The life and legacy of Steve Biko, leader of the South African Black Consciousness movement, is remembered on the 35th anniversary of his death while in police custody.

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Peter Hapak for TIME
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TIME Style&Design: Peter Hapak Photographs Marion Cotillard

To prepare for his cover sitting with Marion Cotillard for TIME Style&Design’s fall issue, photographer Peter Hapak hit the archives, collecting pictures of Paris and Parisian fashion during the 1930s, including the work of famed French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue.

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Malcolm Browne–AP
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Malcolm Browne: The Story Behind The Burning Monk

On the 50th anniversary of Quang Duc’s self-immolation in 1963, LightBox presents an interview with Malcolm Browne, the Associated Press photographer who captured the now-iconic image.

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Zed Nelson—INSTITUTE
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Gun Nation Revisited: Zed Nelson’s Photographs of American Gun Culture

TIME originally published photographer Zed Nelson’s photo essay about American gun culture in 1998. In light of the recent incidents of mass gun violence in Colorado and Wisconsin, Nelson revisits the work he started in the ’90’s.

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Marco Grob for TIME
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Still Nutty: Portraits of Jerry Lewis by Marco Grob

TIME contract photographer Marco Grob photographed 86-year-old legendary comedian Jerry Lewis as he directs a new musical version of The Nutty Professor.

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Photo-Illustration by Bartholomew Cooke for TIME
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Behind the Cover: How Guns Won

Bartholomew Cooke photographed this week’s TIME cover story, which explores gun control in the U.S.

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Neil Leifer for Sports Illustrated
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Best Magazine Assignment Ever: Neil Leifer’s 1984 Olympic Odyssey Around the World

Neil Leifer spent a year traversing the globe to photograph athletes for TIME’s 1984 Olympics special issue. From the plains of Kenya to Russia’s Red Square to The Great Wall of China, Leifer used grand backdrops to photograph the athletic stars of the day.

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Asmaa Waguih–Reuters
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A Mural in Cairo: The Backdrop Of A Revolution

A mural near Tahrir Square serves as a backdrop to the continuing revolution. Painted over and re-painted, it endures as a reminder of history and hope for the future.

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Photo Illustration by Jeff Minton for TIME
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Behind the Cover: Capturing the American Dream

Jeff Minton photographed this week’s TIME cover story, which documents the history of the American Dream.

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