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The stories behind the image from subjects and photographers.

Everyday Drones: Photographs by Gregg Segal

Gregg Segal for TIME

For this week's cover story, TIME commissioned photographer Gregg Segal to document the numerous ways that Americans are beginning to use drones in everyday life.

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To Mane—Barcroft Media/Landov
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Surf’s Way Up: Garrett McNamara Claims to Ride Record Wave in Portugal

On Monday, Garrett McNamara surfed what’s thought to be a 100-foot wave, the largest swell ever ridden by a surfer. TIME spoke with McNamara about his incredible feat.

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Arnaud Maggs courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
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In Memoriam: Photographers Who Died in 2012

TIME pauses to remember the photographers we lost in 2012.

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Shannon Hicks—Newtown Bee/AP
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The Story Behind the Iconic Photograph from Sandy Hook

TIME spoke with Shannon Hicks, the photographer behind the now iconic photograph from the Sandy Hook tragedy.

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Photograph by Nadav Kander for TIME
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Behind the Obama Cover: Person of the Year 2012

Behind the scenes with photographer Nadav Kander on TIME’s cover shoot for Person of the Year 2012: President Barack Obama.

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Edouard Elias—Getty Images / Aug. 21, 2012
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Syria’s Agony: The Photographs That Moved Them Most

As the civil war in Syria reaches even newer levels of horror, TIME asked 28 photojournalists to reflect on their most powerful work from the conflict over the last year. Often directly putting their lives at risk, these photographers have recorded agonizing and traumatic moments for the world to see.

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

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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