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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.

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.

See more winners here.

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.

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 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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