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The Most Interesting Photo Stories Of The Week

Strippers, prom, and Bowie, to name a few.

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1. GIRLS — Ignant

Luo Yang

"Luo Yang’s intimate understanding of one facet of everyday women in China’s modern society is evident in her GIRLS series, where she starts to peel off layers of the stereotypical to show the seemingly delicate but spirit-filled youth, ready to break free." —Anna Mendoza, photo editor, BuzzFeed Australia

2. "The Chinese Factory Mass Producing Donald Trump Masks" — The Guardian

Aly Song / Reuters

"As the election approaches, it’s fascinating to see the reactions of the world outside of the U.S. Here we see a business opportunity being pursued in a chinese factory, removed from politics. Who will choose to wear these masks; Trump supporters or opposers? One of Aly Song’s photos shows the mask being worn in what looks like a Halloween shop." —Matthew Tucker, photo editor for BuzzFeed UK

4. "Markus Klinko's Amazing Never-Before-Seen Photos of David Bowie" — Artnet

Markus Klinko

Bowie Unseen by Markus Klinko opened this week at Mr. Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles. Since mourning the loss of Bowie and his creative talent, it feels like we’ve seen every side to the man in the many retrospectives that have since circulated the media, so it’s refreshing to find something genuinely new. Klinko's outtakes from a 2002 photo shoot show the familiar slick style of the icon, along with his distinctive eye coloring, whilst revealing a fondness for wolves." —MT

5. "Honoring the Legacy of African-American Women" — New York Times

Ayana Jackson

"There’s a beautiful quote by photographer Ayana Jackson in this piece — ‘I am fighting photography with photography’ — which perfectly reflects her motives, not only in her exploration of how photography has shaped the narrative of African-Americans, but also as an artist who’s keenly aware of how photographs are intrinsically weaponized.” —Gabriel H. Sanchez, photo essay editor, BuzzFeed

6. "Photos From Inside Atlanta's Strip Clubs" — Vice

Ivar Wigan

"Ivar Wigan’s provocative piece on the hip-hop community of the South showcases a culture in a different light. Wigan relocated to Atlanta and didn’t use his camera for the first nine weeks, so he could earn his own street credibility and better understand the communities and neighborhoods he wanted to document. His photos are edgy and cinematic, celebrating a sometimes negatively connoted culture." —Jared Harrell, photo editor, BuzzFeed News

9. "Swimm" — Maria Svarbova

Maria Svarbova

"It’s hard not to be mesmerized by Maria Svarbova’s hyperreal photos in Swimm. You question whether they’re too perfect and too dreamlike. Or if you are, in fact, viewing these underwater, where everything flows smoothly, in perfect and rhythmic motions." —AM

10. "The First Photographs of Lightning Crackle With Electric Chaos" — Hyperallergic

George Eastman Museum

"It’s hard to imagine a time when something as inconsequential as a bolt of lightning could only be left to the imagination — it was a natural phenomenon that moved too quickly for people to really grasp its form. In this fascinating article, Hyperallergic traces the manner in which artists have depicted lightning through the centuries and how early photographers sought to achieve the impossible — fixing a bolt of lightning on paper.” —GHS