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    9 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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    1. "29 Disturbing Pictures of American Life Under Jim Crow" — BuzzFeed News

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    One needn't reach too far back into US history before coming face-to-face with the deplorable behavior of many Americans during the civil rights era. This set of images depicting American life under Jim Crow bare witness to a shameful period in our nation's past. Drowning out the hostility in many of the photos are those of peaceful resistance: David Isom breaking a color line at a city pool with the hint of a smile, black men calmly seated at a white-only lunch counter with American Nazis mere feet away, and men marching past armed guards simply asking to be recognized as such — men. It's a comforting thought that peace and equality eventually prevailed.

    —Laura Geiser, photo editor, BuzzFeed News

    2. "12 Photos That Capture the Weirdness of America Today" — BuzzFeed News

    Peter van Agtmael

    These haunting pictures from Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael’s new book Buzzing at the Sill offer a candid mosaic of contemporary life in the United States. There’s a stillness to each of these pictures that reverberates the social environments, politics, and values of each of the subjects. In an interview with BuzzFeed News, van Agtmael spoke about the development of this body of work and his perspective on the American experience.

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

    3. "Stark, Erotic Images of Chinese Youth Stirs Controversy" — CNN

    Ren Hang

    Ren Hang’s snapshots are bursting with vivid splashes of color and cool erotic flare. While the sensuality of these pictures may appear mild to some Western audiences, for staunch Chinese conservatives they have become a flashpoint to a conversation on censorship and art in China. Here, CNN speaks with Hang on the controversy surrounding his "racy" pictures and his newfound success in contemporary art and fashion.

    —G.H.S.

    Antonio Faccilongo
    Antonio Faccilongo

    According to Forbes, Beijing has become the third most expensive to live in, with average residential real estate costs of $5,820 per square meter. In response, millions of the city’s residents have had to adapt to substandard living conditions. Italian photographer Antonio Faccilongo found his way under the streets of Beijing and documented some of the people who live in former nuclear bunkers. Echoing Kowloon Walled City, the famously adapted and self-sufficient warren of buildings outside Hong Kong that was razed in 1993, these underground bunkers are inhabited primarily by migrant workers, who endure poor living environments, often sharing bathrooms, kitchens, and other amenities. The photos tell a harrowing story of squalor, but also of adaptation, resourcefulness, and community.

    —Ben King, deputy design director, BuzzFeed News

    5. "The Equestrians of North Philly" — The Atlantic

    Ann Sophie Lindström

    The sight of horses trotting in the streets of Philadelphia with Fletcher Street natives astride is striking. Having grown up in my own concrete playground, where wide open space and green grass come at a premium, it's astonishing to see these majestic animals and their riders making the most of empty, abandoned lots and city streets. Under the watchful eye of the SPCA since 2008, these rescued horses and the local neighborhood boys have been a sort of mutual therapy. Photographer Ann Sophie Lindtröm spent months with the boys capturing the positive effect the horses have had on the group, as well as the areas that could certainly use improvement with additional resources.

    —L.G.

    Casey Morton
    Casey Morton

    Casey Morton’s photo series of New Zealand gang members is more than a portrait — it's a display of power. These guys wear their identity proud. Despite gangs being quite common in the country, the Black Power NZ is not an easy group to penetrate. Morton’s series breaks that exclusivity a little and sheds some light on this group, not to completely change perceptions that they’re not bad after all, nor to drive home their notoriety, but to show a human element to what’s told in the news.

    —Anna Mendoza, photo editor, BuzzFeed Australia

    7. In This Photographer’s Home Town, Stepping Out of the House Is a Risk" — Washington Post

    Hawre Khalid

    Hawre Khalid captures the surreal mix of war and peace that exists in Kirkuk. A lot of photography from Iraq is taken by photographers who parachute in and are based elsewhere. What's special about Khalid is that this is his home, and the intimacy of this understanding and access is readily apparent and goes a long way in portraying the region in a unique, thoughtful way.

    —Kate Bubacz, senior photo editor, BuzzFeed News

    8. "An Online Catalogue for All 25,000 of William Henry Fox Talbot’s Photographs" — Hyperallergic

    National Media Museum / Science and Society Picture Library

    In the early days of 19th-century photographic experiments, photographers assumed the role of both artist and scientist in their daily work. Here, Hyperallergic highlights this fascinating intersection by announcing the 25,000 pictures released by the University of Oxford by the early photography experimenter and inventor of the photographic negative William Henry Fox Talbot. These pictures, many of which were published in the world’s first photography book, The Pencil of Nature, from 1844–46, are wonderful examples of the romantic experimentation of early photographic processes.

    —G.H.S.

    Kevin Fraye / Getty Images
    Kevin Fraye / Getty Images

    There are about 60 million children in rural China that are being raised by grandparents while their own parents live separately to work in the city. In this feature, Kevin Frayer takes us into the lives of one such family. The photos are heartwarming and somber at the same time. They show youthfulness amid survival, and grandparents doing the best they can to provide a childhood for those left behind.

    —A.M.

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