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The stories behind the image from subjects and photographers.

Great Performance: Michelle Williams

Sebastian Kim for TIME

Michelle Williams on playing an oft-played character and what it's like to disappear into another person.

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Sebastian Kim for TIME
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Great Performance: Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer discusses relaxing in front of a camera and his own lack of pathos.

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Sebastian Kim for TIME
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Great Performance: Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt on baseball, both real and fictional, and the need to buck conventional wisdom.

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Sebastian Kim for TIME
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Great Performance: Jean Dujardin

Jean Dujardin shows off his best impressions.

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Christopher Morris—VII for TIME
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Inside Barack Obama’s World

TIME contract photographer Christopher Morris spent the day with the U.S. president for this week’s cover story.

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Muhammad Ali at the Astrodome
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Happy Birthday, Muhammad Ali: 70 Iconic Images for 70 Years

On his 70th birthday, TIME presents 70 iconic images (and one for good luck!) of the boxing legend and Civil Rights activist, as athletes, celebrities and photographers recall their favorite memories of The Greatest.

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The Aesthetics of a Dictatorship: North Korea’s Photoshopped Funeral

The authenticity of government-released photographs from North Korea has been questioned for years but not until this week, during the funeral of Kim Jong Il, was the issue as widely discussed and analyzed.

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Peter Hapak for TIME
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Model and Muse: Tilda Swinton on Being Photographed

“The position of artist’s model is one in which I feel quite comfortable,” writes the actress in this guest post for LightBox.

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Stephen Sammons
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John and Yoko, as Never Before Seen: New Photos from the Famous ‘Bed In’

On the anniversary of John Lennon’s death, TIME looks at previously unseen images of the musician and his wife, Yoko Ono, taken by photographer Stephen Sammons during their 1969 “Bed In” protest.

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Behind the Cover: Jamie Chung on Photographing the Hummingbird Drone

TIME’s new issue looks at the 50 best inventions of 2011.

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