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Photos of the Year That Almost Got Away: Behind and Beyond 365

Women walk on a windy day outside Kabul

Senior Photo Editor Phil Bicker takes a look behind the scenes at the editing choices behind 365: The Year in Pictures, our massive look at the past year in photos.

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Juan Romero, a busboy, comforts Senator Robert F. Kennedy after he was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, on June 6, 1968.
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In Memoriam: Remembering the Photographers We Lost in 2013

As 2013 rolls to a close, LightBox pauses to remember the great photographers we lost this year.

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White House Photographers Through The Years
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Why Photographers Need More Access In The White House

Former White House photo editor Mike Davis on how the White House cutting out photographers hurts us all.

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Jim MacCammon, courtesy Howard Upchurch
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An End to Conspiracy? Rare Photo of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Arrest Suggests Why He’s Guilty

Gary Mack, the curator of the Sixth Floor Museum in Dealey Plaza, writes for LightBox on how one rare photo, taken by Jim MacCammon of Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest, suggests that the 24-year-old former Marine was indeed guilty of assassinating President Kennedy.

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Laura Pannack for TIME
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The World of Boys: Intimate, Emotionally Charged Portraits by Laura Pannack

For this week’s issue, TIME commissioned photographer Laura Pannack, known for her highly nuanced portraits of adolescents, to photograph teenage boys in all their complexity in spite of our culture’s steadfast tendency to often treat them as “emotional illiterates.”

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People play by a fire in a neighbourhood destroyed by Haiyan Typhoon in Tacloban, The Philippines on November 16, 2013.
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Seven Days of Tragedy: Photographer Recounts Covering Typhoon Haiyan for TIME

On assignment in the Philippines for TIME, Adam Dean recounts his experience working amongst the devastation brought by Typhoon Haiyan.

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H. Warner King
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Never-Before-Seen Photos of JFK’s Final Minutes in Dallas

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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