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A Picture Before Dying: Franz Ferdinand and Sophie, Sarajevo, 1914
A Picture Before Dying: Franz Ferdinand and Sophie, Sarajevo, 1914
Historian and bestselling author Margaret MacMillan considers a single photograph of Franz Ferdinand and Sophie made hours before their deaths--and discerns the seeds of chaos and unfathomable destruction.
In Praise of ?Ugly?: Modeling Agency Ditches the Airbrush for ?True Character?
In Praise of ?Ugly?: Modeling Agency Ditches the Airbrush for ?True Character?
Founded in 1969, the Ugly modeling agency has long been home to extraordinary characters; twins and triplets, the short and the huge, punks and thugs, the multiple-pierced and the wildly inked . . .
Learning Photography From Ansel Adams and Other Summertime Adventures
Learning Photography From Ansel Adams and Other Summertime Adventures
Photos from summer camps for grownups in the late 1950s: art colonies and workshops where college students and full-blown adults honed their artistic chops in the great outdoors.
?Hemingway Almost Killed Me?: A LIFE Photographer Remembers
?Hemingway Almost Killed Me?: A LIFE Photographer Remembers
On Hemingway's 115th birthday, LIFE features a picture from a famously disastrous photo shoot in Cuba?a photo that, in light of the photographer's memories, carries a hint of genuine menace.
Dancing for Gagarin: The USSR Celebrates the ?First Man in Space?
Dancing for Gagarin: The USSR Celebrates the ?First Man in Space?
Victory meant quite different things at different times during the Cold War, a reality that LIFE photographer James Whitmore captured while on assignment in Moscow in the spring of 1961.
Dining Out at 17,000 MPH: A Brief History of Food in Space
Dining Out at 17,000 MPH: A Brief History of Food in Space
A look at the sorts of foods astronauts enjoy--or endure--while in space.
House of Suds: Portrait of the Busch Beer Dynasty at Play
House of Suds: Portrait of the Busch Beer Dynasty at Play
Pictures by Margaret Bourke-White featuring what LIFE magazine called "the liveliest, lustiest family dynasty" in America: the Busch brewery clan.
Sweet Simplicity: Blowing Soap Bubbles for the Very First Time
Sweet Simplicity: Blowing Soap Bubbles for the Very First Time
Photos by LIFE's Gjon Mili of a young girl playing with soap bubbles for the first time capture so many aspects of childhood: the wonder, the innocence, the simplicity.
Bill Cosby: Portrait of the Artist as a Silhouette With a Cigar
Bill Cosby: Portrait of the Artist as a Silhouette With a Cigar
On Bill Cosby's 77th birthday, LIFE recalls one of the signature photographs of the man in the early days of his long, incredibly fruitful career.
Into the Black: Bruce McCandless Floats Free in Space, 1984
Into the Black: Bruce McCandless Floats Free in Space, 1984
LIFE.com celebrates incredible photos of astronaut Bruce McCandless, taken by Space Shuttle Challenger's pilot, during the first "untethered space walk" in history.

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