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11 Incredible Photo Stories You Absolutely Can’t Miss

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

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This excellent essay examines the tensions between aging and youth, mothers and daughters, beauty and strangeness. The photographer captures her mother, a former model, well past the point of her professional career but still in the full bloom of personality. The work offers a heartwarming exclamation to continue to seek for a second look.

—Kate Bubacz, senior photo editor, BuzzFeed News

2. "100 Years of Fashion Photography" — CNN

Conde Nast

Spanning 100 years of Condé Nast fashion photography, CNN looks at a current exhibition in Beijing that chronicles the ebb and flow of fashion over the past century. As styles and industry preferences change with time, these pictures illustrate the one industry constant: elegance in design, a truly a timeless commodity.

—Gabriel H. Sanchez, photo essay editor, BuzzFeed News

3. "This Tattoo Artist Is Helping Survivors of Domestic Abuse Turn Their Scars Into Art" — BuzzFeed News

Vadim Braydov / AP

Even with the popularity of tattoo removal, tattoos still represent permanence. This permanence isn't unlike a scar. Both are modifications to our skin that hold some meaning for us. The work of tattoo artist Yevgeniya Zhakar is quite poetic in that it covers the permanent scars on the bodies of domestic violence survivors with meaningful artwork of their choice, giving them control back over their body and body image. Most poignant are the before and after images, show just how transformational body art can be when rebuilding one's self-confidence.

—Laura Geiser, photo editor, BuzzFeed News

Swarat Ghosh
Swarat Ghosh

There's something truly compelling about Swarat Ghosh's depictions of street life in India. He considers himself an amateur photographer, but it's clear from his instinct, patience, and timing that he possesses an unmistakable raw, natural talent. His quirky, layered images seem to reveal themselves the longer the viewer holds their gaze, and alternate between odd juxtapositions and the offbeat positioning of limbs. Their grainy, black and white quality only lends to their enchantment. Many of the images, like the third in the series of the child on the ground, are reminiscent of one of the greats (and my favorites): South Africa–based photographer Roger Ballen. If this is the beginning of Mr. Ghosh’s photographic career, he’s already in great company.

—L.G.

5. "26 Amazing Pictures From the First Super Bowl Ever" — BuzzFeed News

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This well-curated series of images from our nation's first Super Bowl game in 1967 speaks to a simpler time for both the game and its spectators. Missing are the big branding deals, the halftime show with the hottest name in music, and an awareness for cultural sensitivities, as evidenced by the Chiefs cheerleaders dancing in faux Native American costumes. There are plenty of great shots of the players both mid-action and more candidly in the locker rooms. The most riveting features Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson dragging on a cigarette in the locker room before the game. Simpler times indeed.

—L.G.

6. "Rio's Olympic Venues, Six Months On" — The Guardian

Vanderlei Almeida / AFP / Getty Images

This collection of pictures showing the current dilapidated state of the 2016 Rio Olympics location, as tragic as it might be, is all too familiar. Last year, when we published a series of abandoned Olympic villages around the world, I truly hoped that I would not see the Rio site fall to a similar fate. Well, here we are — enjoy the ruin porn.

—G.H.S.

7. "Amanda Fotes Captured the Chaotic Expansion of Toronto's Punk Scene" — Noisey

Amanda Fotes

It’s hardly a secret that some of the most unique bands of the last decade have been incubated by the Toronto music scene. While the city’s wide-ranging and inclusive music community has produced more popular acts such as Broken Social Scene (and it’s many, many offshoots), Death From Above 1979, and Drake, it has also fostered indie-punk darlings like Fucked Up, The Dirty Nil, Constantines, and Metz. Amanda Fotes has been documenting the Toronto punk scene since 2008, and has become somewhat instrumental (pardon the pun) in the rise of some of these bands, both by capturing their performances and directing the video for Greys’ “Guy Picciotto."

—Ben King, deputy design director, BuzzFeed News

Shimpei Asai
Shimpei Asai

Before the Beatles notoriously abandoned touring in the mid-’60s, the Fab Four made a quick three-day run of concerts in Japan during the week of June 29, 1966. These pictures candidly document this journey by four mop-headed lads from Liverpool, miles away from home on the adventure of a lifetime. For me, the most interesting images here are the somewhat blurry pictures taken in their hotel suites, which seem to dissolve any bit of their stardom and ego.

—G.H.S.

Alessio Mamo
Alessio Mamo

In the 15th year of the war on terror and in a country that has been in conflict for close to two generations, it is difficult to pinpoint anything as a definitive “after” point. Nonetheless, this makes the work of Father Georges and Alessio Mamo all the more impressive, the former for seeking out to document every house in Qaraqosh that was affected by the fighting with ISIS and the latter for documenting the process. The images form an important record for where "after" can start.

—K.B.

10. "See How Pacific Islanders Are Living With Climate Change" — National Geographic

Vlad Sokhin / Panos

Vald Sokhin’s images capture the resilience of those on the front lines of climate change. The photos point to the enormous challenges that communities face as coastlines shift, weather intensifies, and infrastructure is found to be inadequate for the demands of the day. The fact that this is all happening on some of the most remote, tiny islands in the world makes the effort all the more impressive — and the possible futures for the people living there if their changes are ineffective all the more horrifying.

—K.B.

Tom Compagnoni
Tom Compagnoni

Here’s an in-depth look into the lives of people in Antarctica. It may be the most thrilling gig — and one that several can only dream of — but it’s actually serious work. This Huffington Post feature demonstrates just how important their jobs are in informing us about the impact the Antarctic region has in the planet’s future. And it’s chilling how much change they’re seeing with their very eyes.

—Anna Mendoza, photo editor, BuzzFeed Australia

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