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8 Incredible Photo Stories You Absolutely Can’t Miss

Here are the most interesting and powerful photo stories from across the web.

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1. "The Photos That Captured a History-Making Couple" — Time

Grey Villet / LIFE

"At first glance, by today’s standards, these images don’t seem all that trailblazing or controversial. They’re images of a married couple engaging each other. However, these images from a series that ran in 1966 were undoubtedly important to the civil rights movement, a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in 18 US states, including their own. I keep coming back to the image of Richard and Mildred Loving sharing a kiss." —Laura Geiser, photo editor, BuzzFeed News

2. "18 Photos Of Women’s Heads Being Shaved For Superstition, Celebration, Wigs, And God" — BuzzFeed

Allison Joyce / Getty Images

"How often do you see a product and stop to think about how it got to that store? It's known that a majority of hair used in human hair wigs come from Indian women, but I was unaware so much comes from a religious ceremony where women part with their hair on their head completely. In Allison Joyce's pictures of this enchanting ritual, these women appear at ease with themselves, so beautiful, strong and happy." —Sarah Kobos, photo editor, BuzzFeed

3. "Four Generations of Photographers, All Named Byrd" — New York Times

Byrd Williams III / University of North Texas Special Collections

"In my home state of Texas, a family dynasty of photographers has been documenting the changing landscape of the American West since 1880. The Byrd William Family Photography Collection, which was recently acquired by the University of North Texas Libraries, is home to over 400,000 negatives and prints made by four generations of photographers. Here, the New York Times speaks with the last member of the family, Byrd Williams IV, and shares pictures from a collection best described as a national treasure." —Gabriel H. Sanchez, photo essay editor, BuzzFeed News

4. "Toy Soldiers: the Next Generation of Patriots" — ABC News

Sarah Blesener

"It feels like child soldiers are becoming more commonplace, more normalized. Sarah’s photos are great examination of the Russian version of ROTC, which combines nationalistic intent with an outlet for kids to learn weaponry and teamwork. The edit on ABC balances the focus between the militaristic implications and universal teen traits of friendship and boredom." —Kate Bubacz, senior photo editor, BuzzFeed News

5. "Children in War Zones Are Still Attending School" — BuzzFeed News

UNICEF / Khuzaie

"These photos are inspiring — the dedication of the families, students, and the teachers to continue the efforts of education despite impossible circumstances. This is especially important in conflict zones, where schooling can be a way to avoid child marriage, forced labor, and conscription." —KB

6. "Top Images of Obama's Presidency From the White House Photographer" — Business Insider

Pete Souza / the White House

"It’s bittersweet to see a president like Barack Obama leave office, at times entirely exceeding my expectations in both politics and character. There is perhaps no one who is more capable of communicating this energy that has been his candidacy than White House staff photographer Pete Souza. Here, Business Insider shares a selection of Souza’s some 2 million photographs made during Obama's eight years in office, offering a window into a presidency that will go down history." —GHS

7. "The End of Ice" — New Republic

Katie Orlinsky for New Republic

"Katie Orlinsky’s photos portraying traditional hunts in Alaska feel like glimpses from another era, especially seeing them in 60-degrees-and-sunny New York. The disconnect, culturally and physically, is part of the appeal; it could be argued that the challenges to the Natives in Alaska and the warm weather in the continental States are inextricably linked by climate change, making this essay all the more urgent." —KB

8. "Inside the world of Australian opal miners who live underground" — Washington Post

Tamara Merin for the Washington Post

"What might motivate someone to convert an old opal mine into their home and live underground? Oppressive and hostile heat? The prospect of finding opal and becoming rich? A chance to escape your past and start anew? These are questions that come to mind while viewing Tamara Merino’s photo essay on the town of Coober Pedy. A town where 60% of the residents live in underground houses. Surprisingly there’s a warmth to the subterranean spaces and the community, many of which are immigrants, have really redefined the idea of a living/work space." —LG

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