Jan. 20 Photo Brief: Obama and Biden sworn in for second term, botched assassination of Bulgarian politician, Dakar Rally winner, camels march

Jan. 20 Photo Brief: Obama and Biden sworn in for second term, botched assassination of Bulgarian politician, Dakar Rally winner, camels march

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President Obama and Vice President Biden was sworn in for a second term on Sunday, the botched assassination of a Bulgarian politician, Dakar Rally winner, camels march during a rehearsal for the Indian Republic Day parade and more in today’s daily brief.

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Jan. 18 Photo Brief: Freezing dips, mushing dogs, Carnival royalty and Green Week costumes

Jan. 18 Photo Brief: Freezing dips, mushing dogs, Carnival royalty and Green Week costumes

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Devoties of Jesus and exercise take cold plunges, the annual Green Week agricultural fair of food stuffs and agricultural products begins in Berlin, dancers compete to be royalty for this year’s Carnival in Sao Paulo, the Grande Odyssee dog sledding race continues and more in today’s daily brief.

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In case you missed it: Photos from No Pants Subway Ride 2013

In case you missed it: Photos from No Pants Subway Ride 2013

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A Case of the Fridays: On Jan. 13, fans around the world of the “No Pants Subway Ride” took to the subways, shedding their pants and showing off an array of underwear for the 12th annual event. From the frayed to boxers and briefs and leopard-print knickers, here’s a look at snapshots from the day.

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Jan 17. Photo Brief: Germany is freezing over while Australia heats up, tenuous peace on the Indian-Pakistan border and pets be blessed

Jan 17. Photo Brief: Germany is freezing over while Australia heats up, tenuous peace on the Indian-Pakistan border and pets be blessed

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Temperatures get down right chilly in western Germany while the thermometer reaches 104 Fahrenheit at the Australian Open tennis tournament, a tenuous ceasefire holds on the India-Pakistan border following cross-border firing, priests bless pets on the day of San Anton, Spain’s patron saint of animals and more in today’s daily brief.

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Instagrammer feature with @rockinbrock: Baltimore and beyond with his head in the clouds

Instagrammer feature with @rockinbrock: Baltimore and beyond with his head in the clouds

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What sticks out to us about John Brock’s (aka @rockinbrock) photography is the vivid way he captures everyday life living in Baltimore. Architecture, clouds and people are recurring subjects for the adventurous father of two.

The Darkroom caught up with Brock about how he edits his images, what he loves about Baltimore and where he found his love of photography.

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Courage and strength: Living with stage IV breast cancer

Courage and strength: Living with stage IV breast cancer

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In September 2012, I photographed a group of women diagnosed with terminal stage IV breast cancer. Kay, Gretchen, CJ, Cece and Sally, as well as other members of METAvivor Research and Support, often held informal gatherings. A non-profit organization, METAvivor provides support to patients, raises awareness, and awards annual research grants for stage IV breast cancer. Many of its members form close friendships in the process of sharing their struggles and triumphs.

As I photographed these women, I was struck by their energy, joyful demeanor and dedication in helping others with the same diagnosis. I wondered how these ladies live with the possibility of death so close at hand while at the same time not only managing the painful and debilitating effects of the disease and its treatment. What gives them the courage to carry on with such grace? Has their philosophy of life changed? Their view of death? Here are their answers.

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