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New York Through The Lens Of Weegee

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A new book of photos by legendary photographer Weegee shows what industrialized, pre-gentrified New York looked like in the mid-20th century, before the city was crammed with towers and billboards. Weegee, whose real name was Arthur Fellig, was famous for sensational but artfully composed black-and-white pictures of crime scenes, fires and other urban mayhem. “The Weegee Guide to New York” includes a few of those tabloid-worthy photos of bodies sprawled on the pavement. But most of the book’s images are of ordinary neighborhoods and streetscapes with low-rise buildings, bulky cars, empty skies and remarkably uncluttered public spaces. Here: this combination shows the 1945 photo “Derelict sleeping on the sidewalk outside police headquarters” by Weegee, provided by the International Center of Photography in New York, and a woman walking on the same spot on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo by AP Photo/Copyright Weegee/The International Center of Photography, Mark Lennihan)

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Iowa: America’s Heartland

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Classic antique cars are seen at an auto dealer in West Branch, Iowa, March 6, 2015. Iowa, the American heartland. Endless farm fields and quiet towns. 56,273 square miles that are soon to become the focus of the nation as the long process of electing the next U.S. president begins. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Natural History Museum is giving delegates the chance to embark on a virtual reef dive around the venue as its newest exhibition “Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea” will be offered as an additional venue space to event organisers from Friday 27th March 2015. Coral Reefs, which opens 27th March and runs until 13th September, presents a spectacular marine life gallery and invites guests to meet creatures and discover plants from diverse coral habitats including coral collected firsthand by Charles Darwin, a venomous blue-ringed octopus and a gigantic Turbinaria coral. As with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year gallery, Coral Reefs will be available to hire as an additional venue space to combine with the other permanent event spaces in the museum. With a recommended capacity of 150 guests at a time Coral Reefs will provide organisers with the perfect opportunity to enhance their events with this fascinating exhibition and virtual dive.

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Museum employee Victoria views a giant grouper fish specimen at the Natural History Museum in west London March 25, 2015. It forms part of a new exhibition, “Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea”, featuring a panoramic virtual dive and over 250 specimens from the Museum’s coral, fish and marine invertebrate collection, which opens on March 27. (Photo by Toby Melville/Reuters)

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Brazil: A Dirty Scum On Polluted Water

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Vultures gather to eat the carcass of a dog (not pictured) at Bica beach, on the banks of the Guanabara Bay, with the Sugar Loaf mountain in background, 500 days ahead the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro March 24, 2015. As part of its Olympic bid, Rio promised to clean up 80 percent of the bay for the games. But local government officials have already admitted that a cleanup by 2016 is not achievable. Despite millions of dollars of investment over the years, the bay still stinks of sewage. Sailors who visited the city for test events complained of a floating sofa and a dead dog in the water. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

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Colombia: The Graffiti Mecca

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In this March 12, 2015 photo, a man tours a graffiti exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, in Bogota, Colombia. The city-run museum recently held an exhibition highlighting the work of Bogota street artists who go by aliases such as Joems and the MonsTruacioN collective. (Photo by Fernando Vergara/AP Photo)

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After Taking LSD

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“After taking LSD. I lighting up a candle in the middle of the wood and during the 30 secondes of exposure, i make a meditation about the holism of nature surrounding me. Feeling the crystal vibration irradiating from the center of the Gaia mother earth. So in this picture i try to show you the magic, sacred metaphysical quality of the nature and new age bullshiting you”. – Benoit Paillé.

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World’s Grandest Abandoned Hotels

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Grand banqueting halls, opulent lobbies and vast ballrooms; you could easily be forgiven for thinking this was a collection of photographs was documenting some of Europe’s grandest hotels. However, a closer look will reveal the majestic rooms to be engulfed in swathes of dust and moss; hotels that once hosted royals and high society abandoned to the elements. This is the latest result of urban exploration photography, going beyond “no entry” signs to capture images of dilapidated buildings across Europe. IT worker Thomas Windisch, from Graz in Austria, indulged his passion for photography by traveling across the continent, visiting over 100 abandoned hotels along the way. Here: inside a hotel in Austria. (Photo by Thomas Windisch/Caters News)

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A Beautiful Scowling Curly-Haired Cat

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Pompous Albert is a beautiful Selkirk Rex who has the distinct curly hair specific to the breed, an adorable permanent scowling face and the sharp tongue of one who is not afraid to speak his mind. Despite his sullen exterior and his tendency to brag, Albert is a sweet pussycat who particularly loves children. According to his human, Albert was named after Albert Einstein and a “rejected show cat,” so one can’t blame this silver-haired feline for having a bit of attitude.

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Red Bull Jump And Freeze Competition In Kazakhstan

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A snowboarder performs during the Red Bull Jump and Freeze competition at ski resort Shimbulak outside Almaty March 22, 2015. Participants wearing festive costumes perform tricks before getting into a pond with icy water. (Photo by Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)

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Below The Poverty Line: Living On A Garbage Dump In Cambodia

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A woman searches for usable items among garbage at dumpsite outside Siem Reap March 19, 2015. Anlong Pi, an eight-hectare dumpsite situated close to the famous Cambodian resort province of Siem Reap, has recently become a tourist attraction in its own right. Sightseers pose for pictures with children who scavenge scraps for a living, making between $0.25 and $2 per day, according to a representative of a company overseeing the waste. Michelle Obama is due to visit to Cambodia to promote Let Girls Learn, a worldwide initiative that aims to help adolescent girls attend school. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)

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Sharon Montrose’s Animal Prints On Display

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Sharon Montrose has what most people consider a dream job: She photographs adorable animals – from lions to flamingos to knobbly-kneed giraffes – and sells prints online at her store, The Animal Print Shop. But what’s her job really like? Does she ever get scared? What’s the trickiest animal to photograph?

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“Haru and Mina” By Hideaki Hamada

“My children are not only my little darlings but off-shoots of myself. When I look at them, I have a strange feeling – as if I am watching myself re-living my life. What I want to show is their “living form”.

Children always act more than I expect. The inspiration for my photography comes from this sort of behavior. Though I direct some of my photographs, in most cases I take pictures of my children just as they are. When I take photos of my children, the important thing is to maintain an objective perspective. Not too close, but also not too far away, as if I am watching them from behind. Something close to mere observation, I think. Obeying this rule gives the photos a universal quality. I believe that this universality is necessary to communicate their living forms to someone else”. – Hideaki Hamada

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“Early morning light #3”. (Photo and caption by Hideaki Hamada)

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2014 Military Photographer Of The Year Awards

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Members of the Special Tactics Training Squadron enter the pool with their hands and feet bound. The drown proofing exercise teaches students to remain calm in the water during stressful situations, skills that are vital during real-world operations. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen/U.S. Air Force)

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March 13 – 20, 2015: Fashion

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In this Thursday, March 19, 2015 photo, workers in outfits made from scrap material parade through a farm on the rooftop of a door manufacturer in Chongqing municipality in southwest China. Employees of the company designed and modeled their garments as part of an environmental sustainability-themed fashion show, which was held by the firm as a morale-booster for employees. (Photo by AP Photo)

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Tide of the Century

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People stand along the waterfront as a wave crashes onto a seawall durng the rising tide in Saint Malo, March 21, 2015. Parts of the French coast will be on alert for the so-called “tide of the century”, with tidal coefficients of 118 and 119 respectively on March 20 and 21. (Photo by Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

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