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Photo: Lynsey Addario for TIME

Lynsey Addario traveled to Afghanistan ahead of upcoming presidential elections, where the first female governor in the country, Habiba Sourabi, is now the first woman running for vice-president.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY ARUN SANKAR KAP

March. 16, 2014. An Indian boy drags another on the floor of an apartment as they play with colored powder during the Holi festival in Chennai, India. 

From the ongoing search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to the succession of Crimea to Russia, and from the celebration of Holi in India to twin polar bear cubs in Germany, TIME presents the best pictures of the week

Photograph by Marco Grob for TIME

Behind TIME’s portrait of the Dalai Lama. See more here

Photograph by Brea Souders

These images are made by layering cut negatives from my archives over a simple white ground. As the formation of overlapping slices grows, the clarity of images within the negatives becomes obscured. The layering of colors darkens as it builds. Light bouncing off the darkest surfaces provides some highlight and dimension, but rarely reveals a discernable image. With these elements in place, I ply the amorphous pile, coaxing it into various abstract shapes. With each pass new pieces are revealed, while others become buried.

Mountains Without Faces, a solo exhibition by 2013 CCNY Darkroom Resident Brea Souders, is on view at the Camera Club of New York February 20 – March 15, 2014, with an opening reception on Thursday, February 27, 6 - 8 PM.

Photograph by Elliott Erwitt—Magnum

To commemorate Valentine’s Day in a unique and moving way, LightBox turned to Elliott Erwitt’s sprawling archive for inspiration. See more of his portraits of intimacy here.

Photograph by Reuters

Feb. 13, 2014. An activist from the “Right Sector” anti-government protest group presents a bouquet of flowers to his girlfriend in front of fellow activists near the site of previous clashes with riot police in Kiev, Ukraine. 

From the most reputable gay club in Sochi and a sinkhole at the Corvette Museum in Kentucky to the Westminster Dog Show in New York and the killing of the healthy giraffe, Marius, at the Copenhagen Zoo, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

World Press Photo of the Year. Signal by John Stanmeyer (VII for National Geographic) 

African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia.

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Photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson—Magnum Photos

Love Through the Lens: Martine Franck’s and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s intimate portraits of each another provide an insight into the romantic life of the famous husband and wife photography team.

Photograph by Man Ray—Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Laboratory of the Future, 1935

Quentin Bajac, the new chief curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, writes for LightBox about his inaugural exhibition exploring the history of photography made within the four walls of the studio space.

Photograph by Rafal Milach—INSTITUTE

Elena, the best National Library worker. Minsk, Belarus, May 28, 2013.

See more of Rafal Milach’s Portraits of the Best in Belarus milkmaids, fitness queens, hunters, potato farmers and other winners of the quirky propagandistic contests organized by one of last remaining dictatorships in Europe.

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