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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.

1. "Pictures Show the Strange Lives of Captive Polar Bears" — National Geographic

2. "San Francisco's Start-up Culture" — Reuters

3. "Cold Catch: The Ice Fishermen Of Astana" — The Guardian

I love the elegant simplicity of this series, which appears inspired by the modernist fascination with the female human form. Turkish photographer Emel Karakozak has created these abstractions to engage themes of femininity, motherhood, and sexuality. The pictures themselves are mesmerizing to say the least.

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

5. "This Powerful Photo From Aleppo Has A Heartbreaking Story Behind It" — BuzzFeed News

6. "The Fires Of Qayyarah" — Time

Edouard Elias's beautiful images on Time Lightbox are said to be a throwback to the first Gulf War, which is very true. They serve as testament to the idea that the more things change, the more they remain the same — war continues to ravage a fragile region, while those remaining on the front line are up against huge physical and psychological demands, often with few resources.


7. "360-Degree Photographs Invite You Inside America’s Most Majestic Libraries" — Huffington Post

8. "The Harsh Reality Of A Trans Woman’s Struggles Through Life Until Death" — Washington Post

9. "21 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week" — BuzzFeed News