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Shaded by trees, a girl twirls her skirt in this photo from Oaxaca captured by Aurora Sánchez (@foto_saja). #TheWeekOnInstagram

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After discovering this tree during a hike last spring, Christoph Schlein (@christophschlein) and his girlfriend returned eight months later for a closer look. “It was something like 15 degrees below zero — usually the lake is not frozen and it was something special to walk on it and see everything from a new perspective,” he says. “Nature can create such impressive places and it’s our task to take care of

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Growing up, Ava DuVernay (@directher) would wait outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with her Aunt Denise and sisters to watch Academy Award presenters go into rehearsals. Today, she’s the first black female director to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Her film “13th” digs into the 13th Amendment, the change to the US Constitution ending slavery, and analyzes its entanglement with the criminalization of African-

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPcolorful The goal this weekend is to create photos and videos that pop with color. Here’s how to get started: Seek out environments with bright and bold colors that catch your eye. For example, if you attend a concert or parade, get close to the action to capture spirited moments and dazzling props. For portrait submissions, look for colorful personalities and striking fashion statements that stand

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Comedian Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) will host the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night. As you can see from this moment captured in between rehearsals, it’s clear he’s taking his duties very seriously. Photo by @jimmykimmel

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A group of new friends who met on Instagram fell into our #Boomerang OfTheWeek spot. Muhammad Dian (@semuabaper_), an 18-year-old student who lives in Batam, Indonesia, captured this moment while exploring the country he loves. Do you love taking Boomerangs? Add #Boomerang OfTheWeek to your caption. Yours might show up here on @instagram. #Boomerang by @semuabaper_

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Favelagrafia (@favelagrafia) is a photo collective, bringing together nine photographers living in nine Rio de Janeiro hilltop slums known as favelas. “The objective is to show the potential of these places and to tell the stories of important characters who make up the favelas,” says 29-year-old Josiane Santana dos Santos (@eujosiie), a photographer, journalism student and one of the founders of the project. “We want to break down

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Josh Wool’s (@joshwool) self-described approach to portraiture is incredibly slow and unapologetically simple. Using equipment and techniques that are more than a century old, the Brooklyn, New York-based artist painstakingly extracts his images from a process that begins with photographic plates and developing chemistry that he makes himself. From there, his portraits are crafted from a conversation, natural light when possible and the removal of any extraneous

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While undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Brazilian artist Maritana Quaresma (@maritanaquaresma) transformed her Instagram feed into a cancer diary. “I wrote and drew when I was sick. I didn’t wait until I felt better to write about it,” says the 29-year-old from Rio de Janeiro. After several non-Portuguese-speaking friends expressed concern over her illness, Maritana added English captions. “All over the world people were

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Sugar and spice and everything nice — meringue kisses, fairy floss, buttercream icing, chocolate ganache, crystallized flowers, raspberry macaroons — that’s what Georgia’s Cakes are made of. “More is more,” says Georgia Green (@georgiascakes), the 25-year-old baker churning out decadent, drool-worthy cakes in her London kitchen. “My cakes may look perfect, but if you smudge a bit of icing, stick some popcorn on it!” Working in a

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Surprise! 🎉 Swipe left on the post above to see more. Starting today, you can share up to 10 photos and videos in one post on Instagram. With this update, you no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember. When uploading to your feed, you’ll see a new icon to select multiple photos and videos. It’s easy to control

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