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The stories behind the image from subjects and photographers.

Never-Before-Seen Photos of JFK’s Final Minutes in Dallas

H. Warner King

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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Mystery in the Sky: A Legendary Photo (Slowly) Gives Up Its Secrets

A new documentary film — and a previously unpublished image — shed light on one of the most famous, and most widely misinterpreted, photographs of the 20th century: ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper.’

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NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 2001
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Help Identify This Photo: The Moment The Towers Fell

Twelve years after the Twin Towers collapsed, TIME’s Patrick Witty turned to social media for help identifying the subjects of his 9/11 photo.

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Art Greenspon—AP
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‘The Best Photo From Vietnam’: One Photographer’s Defining Image of War

Art Greenspon was in his 20s while documenting the Vietnam War for the Associated Press. Days before being wounded, he made a photograph so incredible that war photographer David Douglas Duncan declared it the “best picture yet of the Vietnam War.” It now graces the cover of the agency’s new book, a major photographic history of the conflict.

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