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The stories behind the image from subjects and photographers.

Magnificent Obsession: Robert De Niro on the Set of Raging Bull

Photography By Brian Hamill

On the occasion of De Niro’s 70th birthday, TIME talks to the acting legend and presents a fittingly iconic portfolio of pictures by photographer Brian Hamill, made on the set of Raging Bull in 1979.

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Dan Budnik—Contact Press Images
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TIME Presents One Dream: The March on Washington

TIME is proud to present our multimedia commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Peter Hoffman
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Burned to Nothing: When Photographers Destroy Their Own Negatives

Photographers have been bringing a flame to their film and sending it up in smoke since the inception of the medium. Their reasons — aesthetic, emotional, practical and political — are as varied as the sensibilities of the work produced through the years.

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Bill Henson—Courtesy of Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne and Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery, Sydney
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Bill Henson and the Dark Matter of Portraiture

In this week’s issue of TIME, artist Bill Henson collaborated with actress Cate Blanchett on a portrait for a story about her role in Blue Jasmine, the latest film by Woody Allen. LightBox presents his latest work, which served as inspiration for our shoot.

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Rolling Stone Tsarvaev cover
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War of Images: Rolling Stone, Tsarnaev and the Branding of a Tragedy

Fred Ritchin writes for LightBox on the photographic branding and rhetoric of the modern villain following the Boston bombings.

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Oklahoma Tornado
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Moments of Hope in Oklahoma: One Photographer’s Story

In the midst of the chaos and devastation that descended on Moore, Okla., one of the first photographers to the scene recounts the heroic moments of a community banding together.

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Alexander M. Harrington
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Photos without Cameras: Exploring Appearance

What is a photograph? What does it mean to make one without a camera? Alexander M. Harrington’s latest project explores the appearance of surface, shadow and depth.

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Taslima Akhter
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A Final Embrace: The Most Haunting Photograph from Bangladesh

Many powerful photographs have been made in the aftermath of the devastating collapse of a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. But one photo, by Bangladeshi photographer Taslima Akhter, has emerged as the most heart wrenching, capturing an entire country’s grief in a single image.

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FBI Release Images Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects
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The Multiplier Effect and the Role of the Photograph in Boston

David Levi Strauss writes for LightBox on how the use of images and dispersion of photographs has evolved to a critical point, as demonstrated during the bombings (and subsequent manhunt) in Boston last week.

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John Tlumacki—The Boston Globe/Getty Images
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Tragedy in Boston: One Photographer’s Eyewitness Account

LightBox spoke with Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki, who photographed the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tlumacki, who has photographed more than 20 marathons in his 30 years at the Globe, describes the sheer chaos of the scene.

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