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The stories behind the image from subjects and photographers.

R. Crumb’s Snapshots: Source Material of the Legendary Comic Artist

Robert Crumb—Courtesy of Agence Littéraire Lora Fountain & Associates/Fantagraphics

LightBox presents a series of unpublished photographs made by the inimitable, prolific and controversial cartoonist as source material for his drawings, a rough typology of traffic lights, power lines and other infrastructure used to fill in his bleak background reality of urban life.

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Granger
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Mystery in the Sky: A Legendary Photo (Slowly) Gives Up Its Secrets

A new documentary film — and a previously unpublished image — shed light on one of the most famous, and most widely misinterpreted, photographs of the 20th century: ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper.’

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NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 2001
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Help Identify This Photo: The Moment The Towers Fell

Twelve years after the Twin Towers collapsed, TIME’s Patrick Witty turned to social media for help identifying the subjects of his 9/11 photo.

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Art Greenspon—AP
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‘The Best Photo From Vietnam': One Photographer’s Defining Image of War

Art Greenspon was in his 20s while documenting the Vietnam War for the Associated Press. Days before being wounded, he made a photograph so incredible that war photographer David Douglas Duncan declared it the “best picture yet of the Vietnam War.” It now graces the cover of the agency’s new book, a major photographic history of the conflict.

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Photography By Brian Hamill
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Magnificent Obsession: Robert De Niro on the Set of Raging Bull

On the occasion of De Niro’s 70th birthday, TIME talks to the acting legend and presents a fittingly iconic portfolio of pictures by photographer Brian Hamill, made on the set of Raging Bull in 1979.

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Dan Budnik—Contact Press Images
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TIME Presents One Dream: The March on Washington

TIME is proud to present our multimedia commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Peter Hoffman
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Burned to Nothing: When Photographers Destroy Their Own Negatives

Photographers have been bringing a flame to their film and sending it up in smoke since the inception of the medium. Their reasons — aesthetic, emotional, practical and political — are as varied as the sensibilities of the work produced through the years.

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Bill Henson—Courtesy of Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne and Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery, Sydney
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Bill Henson and the Dark Matter of Portraiture

In this week’s issue of TIME, artist Bill Henson collaborated with actress Cate Blanchett on a portrait for a story about her role in Blue Jasmine, the latest film by Woody Allen. LightBox presents his latest work, which served as inspiration for our shoot.

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Rolling Stone Tsarvaev cover
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War of Images: Rolling Stone, Tsarnaev and the Branding of a Tragedy

Fred Ritchin writes for LightBox on the photographic branding and rhetoric of the modern villain following the Boston bombings.

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Oklahoma Tornado
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Moments of Hope in Oklahoma: One Photographer’s Story

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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