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10 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. "These 100-Year-Old Colour Portraits of New York Immigrants Reveal Incredible Outfits" — BuzzFeed News

Augustus Francis Sherman / New York Public Library / Dynamichrome

"I've lived in New York for a while and have yet to make it out to Ellis Island, always feeling like it's too much of a tourist trap and forgetting what's beyond that: rich history and an amazing museum. These photos show the diverse face of America. At a time when immigration and the refugee crises are hot-button issues, it is so important to remember this. America is a melting pot of culture. It always has been and always will be." —Sarah Kobos, photo editor, BuzzFeed

2. "A Powerful Story About Attempted Rape and Victim-Blaming" — BuzzFeed

Ganesh Toasty

"In this heartbreaking BuzzFeed article, photography is used as a storytelling device to capture the emotional and physical traumas of sexual assault that many women have experienced in India. Amid an epidemic of such horrifying crimes, projects like this, however brutal and difficult to digest, are crucial in sensitizing the public to the reality of life as woman in modern India." —Gabriel H. Sanchez, photo essay editor, BuzzFeed News

3. "This Is How Much Trump and Clinton Have Changed Over the Years" — BuzzFeed

Getty Images

"Photo editing is about as honest as photography itself, meaning that by its very nature of selecting a frame, it opens itself up to bias. We aimed to be as fair as possible in putting together this post, but the differences between the public appearances of Trump and Clinton over the years were striking, sometimes hilariously so." —Kate Bubacz, senior photo editor, BuzzFeed News

4. "Educating Girls in South Sudan" — Al Jazeera

Sarah Hylton / Al Jazeera

"These are some of the women who will one day rule their country — and the world — and the importance of photo stories like this is that it freezes and preserves this moment in time when things were dire and the good life was still far out of reach. For future generations to benefit from accounts like this, that’s real impact." —Anna Mendoza, photo editor, BuzzFeed Australia

5. "Dying Sun-like Star Throws Off Gas Cloud in New Photo" —

NASA / ESA / K. Noll

"Here’s the truth: The best photographer I’ve ever seen work from is the Hubble Space Telescope. In this new picture from the 26-year-old telescope in Earth’s orbit, we can clearly see the death of a star; a fate not unlike what’s in store for our solar system’s very own neighborhood sun. In this remarkable image, we can see mesmerizing bursts of hydrogen, helium, oxygen, and nitrogen forming a cloud of breathtaking color. Truly, it’s a beautiful way to go out." —GHS

6. "The New Europeans" — National Geographic

Robin Hammond / National Geographic

"Robin Hammond’s skill at portraiture is put to good use in this beautifully curated project by National Geographic that questions at what point, exactly, one stops being an immigrant.The photos minimize the stigma, bias, prejudice, and presumption that can lie underneath portrait catalogs, letting people be people, for all their flaws and hopes." —KB

7. "The Survival of Australia's Endangered Languages" — The Guardian

Martine Perret / The Guardian

"In this Guardian piece, photographer Martine Perret does a brilliant job in telling the stories of the faces and landscapes keeping Australia’s most endangered languages alive. It is a very real struggle within Aboriginal communities, where language is not merely a form of communication, but more importantly, is at the very core of cultural identity." —AM

8. "The Unforgettable Faces of Flood Victims in Their Homes" — Slate

Gideon Mendel / Slate

"There’s an unsettling calm to Gideon Mendel’s series Submerged Portraits, photos showing flood victims in the UK, Northern India, and Bangladesh. The water surrounding each person is unnaturally still, despite the ferocity with which it must have arrived. Mendel highlights the increasing threat of climate change and its direct effect on humanity. The expressions of many of the subjects speak volumes, showing a somber resignation to the destruction of their home." —Matt Tucker, picture editor, BuzzFeed UK

9. "The Everyday Streets, Parks, and Shops Where Police Have Taken Black Lives" — Vanity Fair

Kris Graves / Vanity Fair

"Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Freddy Gray. You are doubtless familiar with the names included on the growing list of black men killed by police across America. You may also know the locations — Baltimore, Cleveland, Minnesota — albeit from grainy police footage and cell phone videos. Over the last three years, Queens-based photographer Kris Graves traveled the country to the sites of these incidents to capture and help demystify the locations. What we see are not foreign, seedy areas; indeed, these areas are distinctly your America. In this series, Graves photographs the locations at or around the same time as the incidents, and includes field notes detailing his experiences." —Ben King, art director, BuzzFeed News

10. "Personal Tales of Love, Divorce and Guardianship in Saudi Arabia" — Time

Tasneem Alsultan / Time

"This series is the exact opposite of anything you usually see about women in Saudi Arabia. Tasneem Alsultan’s work is refreshing, and allows the world to get a glimpse of the everydayness of these women who are so often hidden. The women who appear in her work struggle not only against the restrictions placed upon them by the state, but also struggle with love, divorce, raising kids, work, and friendship — just like everyone else." —KB

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