The Backstory
The stories behind the image from subjects and photographers.

The First Ever Photograph from Space

White Sands Missile Range—Applied Physics Laboratory

The first ever photo taken from space has a pretty crazy backstory involving a Nazi engineer.

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Steve McCurry Mexico City
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The Photo That Made Me: Steve McCurry, Mexico City 1972

TIME LightBox talks to Steve McCurry as part of our new series The Photo That Made Me, in which photographers tell us about the one photograph they made that they believe jump-started their career, garnered them international attention, or simply sparked an interest in photography.

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CIUDAD BOLIVAR, VENEZUELA - APRIL 2013: General vision of Vistahermosa Prison. An elevated water tank with the name of the carro "Galaxticos" illuminates the jail overnight and reminds all who are in charge. In the left, a mural with the chief of the prison, the inmate Wilmer Brizuela. (Photo by Sebastián Liste/ Reportage by Getty Images)
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NOOR Welcomes Sebastian Liste and Asim Rafiqui

Photographers Sebastian Liste and Asim Rafiqui have joined the Amsterdam-based Noor photo agency, TIME can reveal

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Natalie Matutschovsky for TIME
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Behind TIME’s Smart Home Cover: Meet Artist Lori Nix

For this week’s issue of TIME, editors asked artist Lori Nix — best known for her “post-apocalyptic” dioramas — to build and shoot a model of an ideal smart home.

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J. J. Belanger—ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of
Southern California Libraries
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Gay Pride in the 1950s: The Photo Booth as a Safe Space

A remarkable, moving and even revolutionary image of two gay men in 1953.

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Lynsey Addario joins Reportage by Getty Images

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario, a TIME contributor and former VII Photo member, has joined the Reportage by Getty Images photo agency.

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USA. New York. Long Island. US actress Marilyn MONROE. 1955.
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On Bloomsday, Marilyn Monroe Reading Joyce’s Ulysses

Eve Arnold once photographed Marilyn Monroe reading James Joyce’s Ulysses. In a bathing suit. On Long Island.

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Lauren Fleishman for TIME
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A World of Selfies Adorns France’s Most Symbolic Monument

French street artist JR brings together 4160 selfies as his latest mass participation art project goes on show in Paris, France

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Nabil Elderkin for Beats by Dr. Dre
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Behind the Scenes of the Beats by Dr. Dre World Cup Commercial

Photographer-turned-filmmaker Nabil Elderkin tells TIME how he came to direct Beats by Dr. Dre 2014 World Cup commercial – The Game Before the Game.

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FRANCE. Normandy. June 6th, 1944. Landing of the American troops on Omaha Beach.
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Robert Capa’s Iconic D-Day Photo of a Soldier in the Surf

On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, an exclusive TIME video explains how famed Normandy landings photographer Robert Capa’s negatives were almost lost.

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