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The stories behind the image from subjects and photographers.

Behind the Cover: The Future of Oil

Kenji Aoki for TIME

Photographer Kenji Aoki captured the power of oil in a series of photographs shot for this week’s TIME cover.

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Daniel Kramer
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A Year and a Day with Bob Dylan

On the fiftieth anniversary of Bob Dylan’s first album release, photographer Daniel Kramer talks to LightBox about working with Dylan at an early and pivotal point in the troubadour’s musical career.

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Jonathan de Villiers for TIME
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TIME Style and Design: Futuristic London Fashion

Photographer Jonathan de Villiers channeled a time-traveler’s perspective on London for TIME Style and Design, which relaunched today.

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Peter Hapak for TIME
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TIME Style and Design: Peter Hapak Photographs Emily Blunt

Photographer Peter Hapak asked Emily Blunt to get into character during the cover shoot for TIME Style and Design, which relaunches this March after a three-year hiatus.

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Composite by Javier Sirvent
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Happy Birthday, LightBox: A Year of Great Photography

In the past year, LightBox has published well over 500 posts—an average of ten a week. In honor of LightBox’s first anniversary, TIME’s photo editors reflect on a year of great photography and recommend a few posts worth revisiting.

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Andrew Cutraro—For TIME
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The State of Michigan: Andrew Cutraro Photographs the Republican Primary

In his photographs of the Michigan primary for TIME, Andrew Cutraro wanted to capture a sense of a state where the sentiment—at least outside the orchestrated campaign events—matches the landscape.

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Ernesto Bazan
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Camaraderie in Cuba: Ernesto Bazan’s Self-Publishing Philosophy

When the Cuban government cracked down on Ernesto Bazan’s practice of teaching in 2006, the photographer turned to his students for help publishing his images.

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Catherine Ledner for TIME
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Behind the Cover: Animal Friendships

To shoot the cover photo for this week’s TIME story about animal friendships, photographer Catherine Ledner called on years of experience with cute critters.

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Sebastian Kim for TIME
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Oscars 2012: Great Performances

Tears, giggles, pranks and emotions ran high, and loads of laughter pealed through the studio during this year’s shoot, which resulted in a series of images and short films photographed and directed by Sebastian Kim.

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Sebastian Kim for TIME
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Video: Great Performances

To mark this year’s Hollywood awards season, Sebastian Kim photographed the actors behind some of this past year’s most impressive portrayals for TIME’s Great Performances gallery. Joel Stein was also on hand to interview those capable capturers of character about the topic at hand: great performances.

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