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The Transformation of a Post-Communist Country Documented in Haunting Photos

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Almost 25 years later, the country of Romania is still in the midst of a difficult transformation from one of the region’s hardest dictatorships to a modern European nation. A transformation that photographer Tamas Dezso masterfully captures in his series Notes for an Epilogue. Read more…

How to get Big on Twitter: Ignore Copyright and Creative Credit

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At first, The Atlantic‘s profile of the duo behind the mega-popular @HistoryInPics Twitter feed reads like your standard “young geniuses find lucrative economic niche in this crazy new media world” piece. Read more…

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Browse through a gallery of TIME photographer James Nachtwey’s powerful photos of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.

The state of being a refugee is temporary, in theory, but without a place to go back to — a nation, a city, a home — limbo begins to look permanent, a designated space carved out of someone else’s country, where the basic needs of physical survival might be provided, but the rights of citizenship are forfeit, and human aspirations lose both their means and their direction.

 
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Dove Uses Self-Portrait Photography Class and Exhibition to Help Redefine Beauty

If your advertising campaign’s goal is to redefine beauty and help High School girls accept and even embrace the flaws so studiously eliminated on magazine covers, you’ve got an uphill battle ahead of you. But Dove is fighting (and maybe even winning) that battle, and one of the ways they’re doing it is by putting the selfie to more empowering use. Read more…

Virtual Photojournalists Document Mayhem In ‘Grand Theft Auto’ World

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Photojournalism jobs may be disappearing in real life, but they’re thriving in at least one corner of the Interwebs. A handful of participants in the online version of “Grand Theft Auto” have decided it’s more fun to document virtual felonies than commit them and have formed a team of street photographers. Read more…

Gruesome Photographs Smuggled Out of Syria Show Widespread Torture, Execution

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A single courageous photographer could turn the tide of Syria’s bloody civil war, after he snuck out of the country with thousands of images documenting brutal torture by the nation’s totalitarian regime. Read more…

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The creation of Instagram made us all photographers. We began to see beauty in the simplicity. We began to…

Just kidding. It made us all huge fu**ing liars.

While it’s a magnificent outlet for all of us to share the way we see the world and all that, Instagram is mostly a gigantic contest to see who’s the best at being a lying liar pants. If you can make a dog look good in Mayfair, if you can make a sunset look like a Picasso when it’s doused in Brannan, all of a sudden, you’re a professional fu**ing photographer. And that’s really, really insulting to photographers.

 
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Lingerie Ads Aimed at Young Women Take a Stand Against Retouching

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More compelling (at least for us) than the anti-Photoshop/retouching campaigns that have recently been going viral are the magazines and advertising campaigns that are backing these movements by actually taking excessive retouching out of the equation.

Magazines like Verily, who earlier this year explained their no-Photoshop policy, and ad campaigns like Aerie Real, a new campaign for the lingerie brand Aerie that is currently taking the Internet by storm. Read more…

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Since it first hit newsstands, the February issue of Elle has reportedly held the publishing world in awe with its groundbreaking Marilyn Monroe–inspired photo spread, which has been hailed as yet another dazzling milestone in the career of visionary photo editor Allison Shields.

The powerfully original 12-page spread, in which the actress Amy Adams recreates several iconic photos of the late Hollywood starlet, has earned Shields lavish amounts of praise as a “creative genius” and an “artistic mastermind years ahead of her time,” sources confirmed Monday.

 
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Creative Music Video Gives Lead Singer a Photoshop Makeover as She Sings

There are many videos and articles out there condemning the use of Photoshop to alter a model’s body in unnatural ways. The practice is abhorred by most, and hardly a week goes by that another “Photoshop fail” or controversy doesn’t arise (this week’s featured photos of actress Lena Dunham taken by iconic portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz).

The most recent anti-Photoshop video making the rounds online, however, is a bit different. It’s a music video that shows the lead singer being given a digital makeover as she sings the song. Read more…