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Photo by Stuart Palley

Chasing Blazes: Sublime Photos of Wildfires

Photographer Stuart Palley’s summer evenings are spent chasing wildfires in Southern California. He tells TIME LightBox how he learned to handle the heat.

Photo by Wong Maye-E—AP

Pictures of the Week: Jul. 25 - Aug. 1

From an Ebola outbreak in Africa and Eid al-Fitr celebrations around the world, to the destruction of underground tunnels in Gaza and people dancing in the streets of North Korea, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

See the full gallery on TIME.com

Photo: Oliver Weiken—EPA

Inside Gaza and Israel: Two Photographers, One War

As the death toll rises in the war between Israel and Hamas, TIME LightBox profiles two photographers who have spent weeks covering the opposing sides: Oliver Weiken of European Pressphoto Agency and Getty Images’ Andrew Burton.

Photo: Ross McDonnell for TIME

Immigration Crisis: Photographing the Violence Behind the Honduras Exodus

Photographer Ross McDonnell traveled to Honduras for TIME to document the spiraling violence that is forcing thousands of people to seek a better life in the U.S.

Photo: David Chancellor—INSTITUTE

Save the Animals: David Chancellor’s Powerful Photographs of Conservation Efforts

Rhinos and elephants are being killed in the thousands, but as David Chancellor’s powerful photos attest, rangers are stepping up.

Photo by Bulent Kilic—AFP/Getty Images

Pictures of the Week: July 18 - July 25

A pro-Russia separatist pets a kitten standing on his shoulder as he mans a checkpoint in the northern outskirts of Donetsk.

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Photo: Sayed Asif Mahmud

Inside Bangladesh’s Cheap Cigarette Factories

Sayed Asif Mahmud’s powerful photos document the dangers that workers face in Bangladesh’s tobacco factories.

Photo: Alessio Romenzi

'Innocents in the Crossfire': Alessio Romenzi's Shocking Photographs from Gaza

The world has become used to seeing images of dead civilians caught in the crossfire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, says Italian photographer Alessio Romenzi. Yet, he believes it’s his role to bear witness for future generations.

Photo by Sungjin Park

'Recklessness and Rebellion': Meet the Cool Kids of South Korea

Collared shirts, pleated skirts, awkward haircuts and acne—all these are present in South Korean photographer Sungjin Park’s new project, ‘Kid Nostalgia,’ which focuses on poignantly rebellious schoolkids in Seoul.

Photo: Jerome Sessini—Magnum Photos

Malaysia Airlines Ukraine Crash: ‘Unreal’ Scenes from Photographer Jerome Sessini

Late Thursday, a field of sunflowers in eastern Ukraine was transformed into the scene of a tragedy when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was brought down by a surface-to-air missile. Photographer Jerome Sessini was one of the first people to arrive. He wasn’t prepared for what he was saw.

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