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Photograph by William Daniels—Panos for TIME

Two months after hundreds of people were killed during street fighting between mainly Muslim rebels and Christian vigilantes in Central African Republic, photojournalist William Daniels bears witness to a violent shift in the ground dynamic gripping the fragile nation.

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Photograph by Steven Senne—AP

Feb. 5, 2014. A statue of a man sleepwalking in his underpants is surrounded by snow on the campus of Wellesley College, in Wellesley, Mass.

From the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi and mourning the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman to fighting horses in China and the world’s largest baby Jesus, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

Photograph by Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME

A patient takes a mineral bath at the Matsesta Sanatorium in Sochi. Starting in the late 1930s, Matsesta was at the center of Josef Stalin’s drive to turn Sochi into the premier resort city of the Soviet Union.

See more on LightBox: Weird, Wonderful Sochi: Inside Russia’s Own Palm Beach

Ryan Pierse—Getty Images

Feb. 6, 2014. Junko Hoshino of Japan competes during Ladies’ Moguls Qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Sochi, Russia.

From the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi and mourning the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman to fighting horses in China and the world’s largest baby Jesus, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

Photograph by Issouf Sanogo—AFP/Getty Images

From the LightBox spread in this week’s issue of TIME: Central African Republic soldiers lynch a man suspected of being a Muslim former rebel on Feb. 5. Sectarian attacks carried out by armed militias have displaced one-fourth of the country.

See more Pictures of the Week: January 31 - February 7 on LightBox.time.com

Photograph by Marco Grob for TIME

We only had seven minutes to make the two different studio portraits, one of those ended up on the cover of TIME International. I was also able to sneak in the two environmental pictures, which both ran in the magazine.

There are different ways to get a good portrait. There are a lot of photographers who have a much different approach. But my subjects often don’t have time to get used to the fact that they’re being photographed. Which probably adds some immediacy. —Marco Grob

Read more: Meeting François Hollande: Behind TIME International’s Cover with Marco Grob

Photograph by Nicholas Albrecht

Mr. Salton Sea, 2011

With a classic North American cross-country road trip in mind, Italian photographer Nicholas Albrecht sold his digital camera, bought a motor home and hit the road. But within a few days of arriving at the Salton Sea — an enormous salt-water lake in the Southern California desert — those plans went out the RV window. Albrecht ended up staying for 10 months, during which time he developed a unique vision of this oft-documented region that has been plagued by both environmental and economic decay.

See more Photographs from the Salton Sea, a Surreal American Oasis on LightBox.

Photograph by Jerome Delay—AP

Feb. 4, 2013. A Muslim-owned fish shop stands looted in the Miskin district of Bangui, Central African Republic.

AP Africa Chief Photographer Jerome Delay’s photographs of looted storefronts throughout Bangui provide an unsettlingly quiet look at the results of the ongoing conflict.

Photograph by Philippe Halsman—Courtesy Philippe Halsman Archive

The Versatile Jean Cocteau, 1949. This photo originally ran in LIFE. The image shows Halsman’s mounted final print.

Few portrait photographers could claim to be as prolific as Philippe Halsman. Now a new exhibition and book are set to shed more light on his creative process while revealing rarely seen Halsman photos.

Photograph by Roger Fenton—© Royal Photographic Society / NMEM / SSPL

Princesses Helen and Louise, 1856

LightBox previews a new exhibition at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles that explores the story of Queen Victoria as surprisingly and deeply intertwined with the birth of photography as a medium.

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