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Portraits of Winter Swimmers Who Revel in the Icy Atlantic

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In 1903, a maverick physical fitness advocate by the name of Bernarr Macfadden founded the Coney Island Polar Bear Club. Professing that our bodies are “our most glorious possessions,” he gathered a group of swimmers to brave the icy Atlantic Ocean in his belief that a dip in the wintry waves was the key to boosting stamina, virility and immunity.

While critics at the time thought Macfadden was a charlatan, more than a century later, a group of 100 enthusiastic swimmers still take to the shore every Sunday during the Northeast’s coldest months to plunge themselves into the bitter breakers. The frigid fanfare reaches its peak annually on January 1 when revelers ring in the new year with a massive public swim.

As the photography gods would have it, NYC-based French-Venezuelan photographer Mathieu Asselin was at Coney Island one cold Sunday in January to experiment with lighting when he was presented with the opportunity to shoot the swimmers.

Thomas Cristofoletti Documents the Rebirth of Cambodia

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The temples of Angkor Wat © Thomas Cristofoletti / Offset

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When documentary and travel photographer Thomas Cristofoletti first visited Cambodia in 2010, he was immediately taken with the country, its history and the evolution of its culture following years of political and economic unrest. Two years later, he would relocate permanently to Phnom Penh.

Water Sliding in India

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Dog Sledding in Greenland

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Photo du Jour: Demolition Derby

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As a newcomer to the White Lake, New York area in 2006, photographer Randy Harris made a point of exploring some of the region’s idiosyncrasies, and he ventured onto the location of his first ever demolition derby, where he immediately jumped into the fray.

Photo du Jour: The Fallen Mare

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Horses competing in El Raid race in Jose Pedro Varela, Uruguay face 60 miles of paved road, a perilous journey for even the most resilient of animals. Running at an average speed on twenty miles per hour, the horses are followed by a rush of trucks, from which their handlers, known collectively as a “stud,” douse their steaming bodies with hose water. Dehydration, exhaustion, and overheating are very real dangers, and the animals are checked by veterinarians during a single hour’s rest period. Despite these precautions, horses are lost to the race; in the 2012 season, five Raid horses died.

Majestic Photos of the World’s Most Surf-Worthy Waves

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With a passion for all things surf, New Jersey-based photographer Ryan Struck strives to find beauty in a single instant of sport, from the tumbling of a wave to a splashing dive beneath the surface. Traveling the beaches of New Jersey to the base of the towering waves of Teahupo’o, Tahiti, Struck captures one-of-a-kind breaking waves bathed in natural sunlight.

Fighting for Freedom: Compelling Photos Document Prison Fights in Bangkok

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Poised at the edge of a boxing ring located in the courtyard of Bangkok’s Klong Prem prison, Vietnam-based photographer Aaron Joel Santos captures inmates as they prepare for Muay Thai fights that could determine the rest of their lives. Since 2013, the the Correctional Department of Thailand has worked alongside Prison Fight, a charity organization that provides gear and boxing training to maximum security inmates. Hundreds of Thai prisoners, convicted of crimes ranging from theft to murder, become highly-skilled athletes in hopes of beating free foreign fighters and earning a reduced sentence.

Gravity-Defying Photographs Capture Parkour Athletes in Motion

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In the darkened streets of New York City, Brooklyn-based photographer Ben Franke captures the gravity-defying vaults of Parkour athletes. The training practice, based in part off of military obstacle courses, is a noncompetitive discipline wherein skilled participants get from a point A to a point B using the most efficient techniques, including climbing, jumping, and vaulting. Hoping to stay true to the essence of the holistic method, the artist partnered with the city’s first Parkour facility, BRKLYN BEAST. By coating his agile subjects in flour, he is able to track their motion across a single frame. Like stardust flung across Franke’s spare set, the white powder explodes in the wake of leaps and bounds, allowing the passage of time to exist within a still photograph.

Mesmerizing Towers Built Entirely From Human Bodies

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The sky of human towers

Perched atop the upper platform of a gaping arena, photographer David Oliete captures astonishing human towers composed of up to 500 people. This is the “Concurs de Castells,” the city of Tarragona’s biennial castell competition. Often measuring six to ten humans tall, the castell, whose name means “castle,” is a treasure of Catalan heritage. The sport was invented in Valls in the late 1700s; each tower is said to represent the virtues of “strength, balance, courage, and common sense.”