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The stories behind the image from subjects and photographers.

An End to Conspiracy? Rare Photo of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Arrest Suggests Why He’s Guilty

Jim MacCammon, courtesy Howard Upchurch

Gary Mack, the curator of the Sixth Floor Museum in Dealey Plaza, writes for LightBox on how one rare photo, taken by Jim MacCammon of Lee Harvey Oswald's arrest, suggests that the 24-year-old former Marine was indeed guilty of assassinating President Kennedy.

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Laura Pannack for TIME
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The World of Boys: Intimate, Emotionally Charged Portraits by Laura Pannack

For this week’s issue, TIME commissioned photographer Laura Pannack, known for her highly nuanced portraits of adolescents, to photograph teenage boys in all their complexity in spite of our culture’s steadfast tendency to often treat them as “emotional illiterates.”

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People play by a fire in a neighbourhood destroyed by Haiyan Typhoon in Tacloban, The Philippines on November 16, 2013.
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Seven Days of Tragedy: Photographer Recounts Covering Typhoon Haiyan for TIME

On assignment in the Philippines for TIME, Adam Dean recounts his experience working amongst the devastation brought by Typhoon Haiyan.

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H. Warner King
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Never-Before-Seen Photos of JFK’s Final Minutes in Dallas

Sonia King was just 10 years old when her father, a Dallas jewelry wholesaler, photographed the cheerful scene in Dealey Plaza mere minutes before President Kennedy was assassinated. Now, after sitting in storage for decades, her father’s pictures are published for the first time.

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Martin Schoeller for TIME
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Behind the Scenes: Martin Schoeller Shoots (and Eats!) with Three Famous Chefs

When Martin Schoeller was thinking about how he wanted to photograph Alex Atala, René Redzepi, and David Chang, he decided to head for the wilds.

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A Palestinian refugee girl Nour Soboh 4 years , palys beside her horse in her family house in Bait Lahiya town, North Gaza StripHOLD TO MARIA MANN
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Discovering the Next Generation of Photojournalists at World Press Photo’s Masterclass

To mark the 20th edition of the Joop Swart Masterclass, taking place this week, LightBox asked a representative photographer from each year of the program to contribute two images — one from their masterclass project and another from their wider body of work — along with a few words on what the masterclass meant to their life and career.

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Superstorm Sandy, One Year Later: Self-Portraits by Communities in Distress

One year ago, more than 800,000 photos were uploaded and tagged as Superstorm Sandy made landfall. On the anniversary of the devastating storm, Fred Ritchin writes for LightBox on the power of the photograph as self-documentary in 2013.

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Nadav Kander for TIME
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Behind the Cover: Prince Charles Like You’ve Never Seen Him Before

The legendary photographer has shot TIME cover stories four times before, none quite so astonishing as his latest, Prince Charles photographed at his private estate in Scotland.

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Paola Kudacki for TIME
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Go Behind the Scenes with Benedict Cumberbatch

In a quick and collaborative shoot for TIME, photographer Paola Kudacki caught a break in Benedict Cumberbatch’s perfect appearance.

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Robert Crumb—Courtesy of Agence Littéraire Lora Fountain & Associates/Fantagraphics
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R. Crumb’s Snapshots: Source Material of the Legendary Comic Artist

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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