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The 2012 Presidential Election Year in Pictures

Image: President Obama speaks in the rain during a campaign rally in Glen Allen, Va. July 14, 2012.

For years, TIME has created some of the most memorable campaign photography. Here, LightBox takes a look at the best of TIME's commissioned political imagery from this election.

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Image: Mario Balotelli by Levon Biss for TIME
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Behind the Cover: Photographing Super Mario

Levon Biss photographed soccer star Mario Balotelli for this week’s cover of TIME International.

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From Photography to Film: Stanley Kubrick Enters the Ring

Stanley Kubrick was still a teenager when he was hired as a staff photographer for Look Magazine. One of his photo essays, scenes from the life of Bronx-born boxer Walter Cartier, would inspire the acclaimed filmmaker’s directorial debut, ‘Day at the Fight.’

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Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME / Original image by Alexander Gardner / Library of Congress
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A Vibrant Past: Colorizing the Archives of History

For this week’s issue of TIME, Sanna Dullaway digitally colorized archival images of America’s 16th president in hopes of bringing history to life. Here’s a look back on the iconic images she’s revisited.

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Marco Grob for TIME
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The Men Behind Lincoln: Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg by Marco Grob

During a TIME photo shoot with Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg, contract photographer Marco Grob received a bit of unexpected guidance from a master of the screen.

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Gregg Segal for TIME
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Paul Ryan: All Pumped Up for His Closeup

Last year few of us knew the Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan or the now famous P90X workout plan, but TIME was early on the story. We sent Gregg Segal to photograph Ryan at a Wisconsin gym last year. Here are the some of the unpublished photographs from that session.

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David Hurn–Magnum
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‘Barbarella’ at 45: David Hurn’s Iconic Images of Jane Fonda

A member of Magnum since 1965, David Hurn had been photographing behind-the-scenes on films for years in the 1960s—including the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night and the first four James Bond films—when he was asked to take pictures for the 1968 sci-fi cult classic Barbarella.

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Rick Loomis
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Fostering the Next Generation: The Eddie Adams Workshop at 25 Years

The legendary Eddie Adams Workshop, held this weekend in upstate New York on the farm of the late photojournalist, celebrates its 25th anniversary. Here, LightBox presents a selection of photographs by the workshop’s esteemed alumni—one for each year, along with an essay on the workshop’s legacy by Eddie’s widow, Alyssa.

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Courtesy of Mitt Romney
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A Young Mitt Romney’s Other Mission: Romance

In this week’s cover story, Jon Meacham looks at how Romney’s identity was shaped by his Mormon roots. To illustrate this formative time in the presidential candidate’s life, we turned to a surprising photo found in the archives.

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Behind the Cover: Bill Clinton Photographed by Mark Seliger

Nearly 20 years after he photographed Bill Clinton during his first term in the White House, Mark Seliger reunited with the former President earlier this month to produce this week’s cover of TIME.

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