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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 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.

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 (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.

Photograph by David Turnley

RIP Nelson Mandela —Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Turnley, who spent 28 years photographing South Africa’s struggles of apartheid, pays tribute to the hero who passed away today at the age of 95 in photos and a first person account of his release from prison on LightBox.

Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine via Library of Congress


In the last ten years, Joe Manning, profiled here on LightBox, has tracked down the life stories of more than 350 child laborers in Lewis Hine’s documentary photography for the National Child Labor Committee.

Pictured: Raymond Klose (middle), newsboy, 13 years old, St. Louis, Missouri, 1910.

"11:00 A.M. Monday, May 9th, 1910. Newsies at Skeeter’s Branch, Jefferson near Franklin. They were all smoking." —Hine’s original caption

“He was fun, a very funny guy. He always liked to act silly around his nieces and nephews. He had the show dogs, and that was interesting to hear about. He always had at least one at home. They were always Airedales.” —Niece of Raymond Klose

Photograph by H. Warner King

Never-Before-Seen Photos of JFK’s Final Minutes in Dallas: Sonia King was just 10 years old when her father, a Dallas jewelry wholesaler, photographed the cheerful scene in Dealey Plaza mere minutes before President Kennedy was assassinated. Now, after sitting in storage for decades, her father’s pictures are published for the first time.

Photograph Courtesy of Mark Jacobs Archive/The Image Work

A French soldier, circa 1915.

On Veterans Day, LightBox presents rare, vibrant color autochromes documenting the soldiers and battles of the First World War.

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