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Closeup: Best Pictures of the Week, May 13 – May 20

This Week: Violence along Israel’s borders; Mississippi floods; Libyan rebels in training; IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan in court; Haitian President Michel Martelly’s inauguration; an Israeli illusionist stands tall; “Spiderman” climbs Turkey’s tallest building; a Chinese bride’s wedding day suicide jump thwarted; and a citizen journalist captures a photo of space shuttle Endeavor as it lifts off for the last time.

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Anton Hammerl—PA Photos/Newscom
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Anton Hammerl in Memoriam

South African photographer Anton Hammerl, missing in Libya since April 4th, was killed in Libya more than a month ago.

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Michael Christopher Brown
Photo Essay

The War in Libya: Photographs by Michael Christopher Brown

In one of photojournalism’s blackest hours, Michael Christopher Brown was wounded with shrapnel to the chest, shoulder and arm in an explosion in Misratah, Libya, April 20, 2011 – the same incident that killed photographers Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington, and severely injured Guy Martin.

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Above & Beyond with George Steinmetz

A new iPad app offers an interactive look at 25 years of George Steinmetz's aerial photography.

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International Center of Photography
Out There

Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945

Rare, once-classified U.S. government photographs of the aftermath of atomic bombing of Hiroshima make up a new exhibit at the International Center of Photography called Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945. These post-apocalyptic pictures had a profound effect on civil defense architecture during the Cold War, but only now can their historical significance, emotional power, and tragic beauty be appreciated.

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Sohei Nishino
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Building Up: Sohei Nishino’s Diorama Maps

Sohei Noshino, a young Japanese photographer, is an innovative cartographer, visually mapping cities in his ongoing project, Diorama Maps.

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James Nachtwey for TIME
The Backstory

Dispatch from Afghanistan: The Eyes of War

Flight medic Sgt. Billy Raines has witnessed more than his share of the grim consequences of war. But a recent casualty etched a mask of resignation and pity on his young face and transformed his eyes into laser beams of compassion. TIME contract photographer James Nachtwey reports from southern Afghanistan.

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Baz Ratner—Reuters
Man on the Wire

By Any Means Necessary: Armed Israeli Policeman Dons Veil, Goes Undercover as Palestinian Woman

Reuters photographer Baz Ratner photographs an Israeli policeman dressed as a Palestinian woman during Nakba protests.

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Los Angeles, 1987
Out There

Henry Wessel’s Californication

“It was like being in paradise. The light was so sharp, you could see the edge on everything. I got off the plane and I wanted to photograph everything that was there—I couldn’t stop.”  That’s the way Henry Wessel describes the moment he first arrived in California. A small town Jersey boy, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1971 to chase the light that exists there year-round and never looked back.

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Pete Muller—AP
Man on the Wire

The Violent Cattle Keepers of Southern Sudan’s Pastoralist Tribes

Pete Muller's dark and powerful portraits of the Dinka Rek sub-tribe of southern Sudan, where Cattle raiding takes place with alarming regularity and costs hundreds, of lives each year.

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