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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 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 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.

Photographs by Costică Acsinte—Courtesy of Costică Acsinte Archive/Flickr

A Romanian WWI photographer’s 5000 unseen glass plate portraits — beautifully surreal and rapidly deteriorating — are entirely in the Public Domain and finally being digitized 30 years after his death.

Read more on LightBox.

Photograph by Abbas Hajimohammadi Saniabadi

The first time Abbas Hajimohammadi Saniabadi visited a hospital in Tehran, where patients suffer from mental disorders like schizophrenia, he had one question for the head doctor: Can I come back?

It was mid-2012 and he wanted to document what life was like there for the hundreds of men and women being treated. The doctor eventually agreed. Hajimohammadi Saniabadi, now 30, traded in his old-model Nikon and sold his car, a Hyundai, to buy a Nikon D700 and get started on what would become his first story. He and the doctor set up four quick visits — but by year’s end, he would make nearly a dozen more. —Andrew Katz

See More Photos on LightBox — Fragile Minds: A Poignant Look Inside an Iranian Mental Hospital

Photograph © Alfred Wertheimer

Today would have been Elvis Presley’s 79th birthday. No photographer ever got as close to him as Alfred Wertheimer. His intimate photographs of the young, rising star reveal a carefree and innocent time before he became a cultural icon. TIME met with Wertheimer to reminisce about the days and nights he spent with the rocker on the cusp of unfathomable fame.

Photograph by Paola Kudacki for TIME

John Goodman. From “Great Performances,” Feb. 18, 2013 issue.

See TIME’s Best Portraits of 2013 on LightBox.

Photograph by Mary Ellen Mark

For those not intimately close to documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, hosting a Christmas party for dogs may come as a surprise. But for the past 14 years, Mark has opened the doors of her studio to throngs of New York City canines.

See more of Mary Ellen Mark’s doggie Christmas portraits from over the years and read about this month’s party on LightBox.

Photograph (1840) by Dr. J. W. Draper—London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images

Today, on the winter solstice, December 21, the shortest day and longest night of the year, LightBox present the story behind the first photograph ever taken of the moon.

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