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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. "This Gorgeous Photo Series Crushes Stereotypes About Black Masculinity" — BuzzFeed

Myles Loftin

On the surface, the pictures are bright and vivid expressions of youth and masculinity. But woven deep within each frame is a powerful statement on the racial prejudices that are ingrained in our society. For me, the most poignant images from this series are not photographs at all, but instead screenshots of two Google Image search inquires, one for “black boy in hoodie,” and the other, “white boy in hoodie.” The difference is not surprising in the least.

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

2. "Powerful Pictures Of Albino Children Highlight Disturbing Murders In Tanzania" — Metro

Marinka MassÈus / Barcroft Images

Marinka Masseus’s strikingly beautiful photo series brings to light the distressing reality that children with albinism face in Tanzania’s society. Each frame is composed poetically and just so elegantly. Masseus is successful in showing how these children live the most awful irony where their condition supposedly brings good luck to others but at the expense of their own lives.

—Anna Mendoza, photo editor, BuzzFeed Australia

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Bad food pun alert: These images are a feast for the eyes. They're menacing and curious and border on nightmarish but I promise you'll keep scrolling, wanting to see more. The premise is simple: A photographer and a chef take their food off the plate, painstakingly attach the items to the chef's face, and then document the results. The standout image for me is the charcoal and prime rib portrait. There's something quite humorous about it which sets it apart from the other unflinching, in-your-face photos and it really nails the concept.

—Laura Geiser, photo editor, BuzzFeed News

Since modern photography was invented, people have attempted to use it as a means to bridge the visual gap between the living and the dead. For the last 16 years, photographer Shannon Taggart has placed herself in the company of spiritalists, ghost hunters, and séances to capture the peculiar world of spirit photography. Needless to say, these pictures will send a chill down your spine.

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

5. "Taking Photographs Of Holocaust Survivors Helped Me Find My Own Identity" — The Guardian

Harry Borden

While this isn’t a photo story per se, it’s a moving account of how the craft of photography led Harry Borden to understand his Jewish ancestry. Through photographing Holocaust survivors, Borden learned what he couldn’t learn from his father. It’s this kind of personal connection that can enable one to commit wholeheartedly and power through such a challenging project.

—Anna Mendoza, photo editor, BuzzFeed Australia

Erik Simander's portraits touch on a universal truth: Death and loss are inescapable. He approached this project as a way to help his grandfather and himself cope with the sudden loss of his grandmother. The cool, blue-green tones and the lighting in his images, whether it's a directional spotlight or an overall brightness, creates a space for his grandmother to exist within the photos. His grandfather is the solitary subject but you get the sense that he's not alone, creating a hauntingly beautiful duality: a man's profound sadness balanced by the seeming presence of the one he longs for.

—Laura Geiser, photo editor, BuzzFeed News

7. "Witnessing The London Attack" — Reuters

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The relentless broadcast coverage of violent events sometimes overshadows the tragedy itself, as the video cameras take the viewer to the overall scene but obscures the moments of horror that true witnesses can relate to. The photographs captured by Toby Melville are difficult to look at but provide meaningful insight into how brutal and simple the Wednesday attack was, with the individual frames freezing the chaos, confusion, and sadness more eloquently and powerfully than any other story.

—Kate Bubacz, senior photo editor, BuzzFeed News

8. "Before The Refugee Ban" — New Republic

Holly Pickett

Holly Pickett’s dedication to the Bahar family as they moved from Iraq to Cairo to Ohio is admirable. In light of the recent travel restrictions imposed and proposed by the Trump Administration, the edit of her work that appears in the New Republic is well done and smart, looking at the ongoing struggles and victories of new citizens.

—Kate Bubacz, senior photo editor, BuzzFeed News

BuzzFeed's resident photo geek.

Contact Gabriel H. Sanchez at gabriel.sanchez@buzzfeed.com.

Anna Mendoza is a photo editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Anna Mendoza at Anna.Mendoza@buzzfeed.com.

Laura is a photo editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

Contact Laura Geiser at laura.geiser@buzzfeed.com.

Kate Bubacz is a Senior Photo Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Kate Bubacz at kate.bubacz@buzzfeed.com.

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