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Carrie Mae Weems: A Look Back on Three Decades

Carrie Mae Weems is an art-photographer, performance artist, activist and videographer—well known for her photographic series and multi-screen projections relating to themes focusing on family, beauty and memory. A new retrospective showcases her work from the last 25 years.

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TIME
The Backstory

Behind the Cover: Bill Clinton Photographed by Mark Seliger

Nearly 20 years after he photographed Bill Clinton during his first term in the White House, Mark Seliger reunited with the former President earlier this month to produce this week’s cover of TIME.

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Man on the Wire

Finding Beauty: Fractal Patterns on Earth as Seen from Space

Over the past two years Professor Paul Bourke has scoured all four corners of the world—via Google Earth—to find incredible geometric structures of a similar nature.

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Miles Aldridge, Courtesy Reflex Amsterdam
Out There

In Amsterdam, a Photo Festival ‘Unseen’

Amsterdam welcomes a new photo festival to their Dutch district. Unseen aims to showcase everything that is unseen—from emerging photographers, to never before seen images from established favorites, the festival promises to show you something new.

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Out There

The Last Pictures Travel to Space by Trevor Paglen

Later this year, a communication satellite, the EchoStar XVI, will be launched from Kazakhstan. What makes EchoStar XVI unique is not the unfathomable depths of time it will vault, but the fact that it will carry an art project.

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Laura Letinsky, Courtesy of the Artist and the Yancey Richardson Gallery
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Pictures of Pictures: The Ambiguities of Laura Letinsky

The declaration that “a rose is a rose is a rose” is one of Gertrude Stein’s best-known lines. Now, with an upcoming body of work called Ill Form & Void Full, photographer Laura Letinsky—who is a fan of Stein’s—has her own take on the idea.

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Fazal Sheikh
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Into the Ether by Fazal Sheikh

A photograph's inability to fully penetrate its subject fascinates photographer Fazal Sheikh. His new project 'Ether' takes viewers to the banks of the Ganges and has opened at the Pace/MacGill gallery in New York.

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The Backstory

150 Years Later: Picturing the Bloody Battle of Antietam

On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, Alexander Gardner's battlefield photographs of America's bloodiest day remind us of the arresting power of conflict photography.

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Gary Hershorn—Reuters
Closeup

Pictures of the Week: September 7 – September 14

From ceremonies commemorating September 11th and attacks on U.S. Embassies around the world to the Pencil Nebula in space and playtime weightlifting in North Korea, TIME presents the best images of the week.

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Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii–© LOC, LC-DIG-prokc-21485
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History in Color: Rare Photographs of Czarist Russia

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii created thousands of color photographs of Czarist Russia. A new book from German publisher Gestalten features a selection of the Russian photographer's nearly 2,000 glass negatives.

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