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"How do you explain to a 2-year-old or 4-year-old there's nothing to eat?" asks Kathy, a homeless mother. Michael Nye hide caption

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Photographer Captures Stark Portraits Of Hunger

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This Ansel Adams photograph of Acoma Pueblo, N.M., is among those now on display, decades after being commissioned. Ansel Adams/National Archives hide caption

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Forgotten Ansel Adams Murals Brought Back To Light

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Philip Sinden

Click! Polaroid Snaps Back On The Scene

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The cover of Sw!pe Volume 1. Cover art by Jack Laughner, type and design by Christopher D. Boynton Sw!pe/Red Hook Editions hide caption

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Museum Guards 'Sw!pe' The Spotlight

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is sprawled across a police desk as his wife looks on. He was arrested while trying to attend a hearing for civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy and was released when his identity became known to the police. Montgomery, Ala., 1958 Charles Moore/Black Star hide caption

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A 3,000-year-old wooden sarcophagus, seized in Miami, was returned to Egypt in a ceremony at the National Geographic Society after a two-year international investigation. Courtesy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hide caption

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Albert Barnes made a fortune in pharmaceuticals, and spent it acquiring a massive art collection. He specified that his collection — which includes dozens of works by Renoir, Cezanne and Matisse — should stay forever in Lower Merion, just outside Philadelphia. IFC Films hide caption

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Gabrielle With A Rose, 1911: Gabrielle Renard was the Renoir family's longtime nanny — and the artist's muse. He painted her hundreds of times. Musee d'Orsay hide caption

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The Next Stage: Brian Geraghty (left) plays the role of Timmy in the 2010 production of The Subject Was Roses. The role was originally played by Martin Sheen (right) in 1964. Now, 46 years later, Sheen returns to Frank D. Gilroy's Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play — this time, as the dad. Craig Schwartz hide caption

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Craig Schwartz