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Photo: Jeff Riedel

#LightBoxFF: Jeff Riedel’s Instagram Anachronism

This week on #LightBoxFF, we speak to commercial and editorial photographer Jeff Riedel, (@jeff_riedel_polariods) whose meticulous approach to photography has not only landed his work on the pages of GQ, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Vogue, but has also helped him accumulate a massive collection of Polaroids, which he has used for years to test and fine-tune variables during shoots and is now posting to his Instagram feed.

TIME Special Preview: A Guide to the Best Fall Photo Books

LightBox presents a special preview of the season’s best photography books that offer an opportunity to truly indulge in the unfettered beauty of a well-made book.

Photo: Wong Maye-E—AP

Peek Inside North Korea Through a New Set of Eyes

With David Guttenfelder gone, Associated Press has turned to staff photographer Wong Maye-E to document the reclusive and mystifying North Korea.

Photo: Laura El-Tantawy

How Smartphones Have Changed the Way We Experience Photography

Smartphones have not only changed the way we make photos, but also the meaning and purpose of photography itself, an exhibition curated by photographer and film maker Henry Jacobson at the Center for Photography at Woodstock shows.

Photo: Dominic Nahr

See Inside Fukushima’s Lethal Reactor

Photographer Dominic Nahr documented an exclusive tour of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and spent three years documenting life in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, the northeastern region devastated by a nuclear melt down following an earthquake and a tsunami in March 2011. 

Photo: John Francis Peters

Inspired by Summer: A Photographer’s Long Journey Back Home

John Francis Peters revisits his hometown and discovers that the inspiration he needed to push his work to the next level was waiting for him in the Catskills

Photo: Nigel Parry—CPI

Robin Williams: Photographers Remember a Legendary Actor

To mark the tragic and untimely passing of actor and comedian Robin Williams, TIME LightBox presents a selection of photographs accompanied by the recollections of the photographers who made them.

Photo: Kevin Frayer—Getty Images

Photojournalism Links: August 2014 (Part 1)

Curated by Mikko Takkunen, a collection of the most interesting photojournalism and documentary photography from across the web.

Photo by Loulou d’Aki

#LightBoxFF: Loulou d’Aki’s Daily Diary of Destruction in Gaza

This week on #LightBoxFF, TIME speaks with Loulou d’Aki (@dakiloulou), a Swedish freelance photographer who uses Instagram to show the world what she encounters on a daily basis in Gaza, from death and destruction in the streets and city morgues, to hope and endurance in shelters and hospitals where babies are born.

Photo: Steve Schapiro

The Photo That Made Me: Steve Schapiro, Arkansas 1961 

Photographer Steve Schapiro dreamed of being a photographer for LIFE Magazine, but it was an assignment he pursued on his own that first helped him gain confidence in his future as a photographer.

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