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It was years ago that we first got acquainted with Chinese photographer Chen Man’s work. In honor of the Chinese New Year i-D Magazine collaborated with  Chen Man and MAC’s UK director of make-up, Terry Barber, to create these 12 covers for the Spring issue. These portraits are works of art that celebrate the diversity of Chinese beauty(...) Read More about i-D Magazine Covers by Chen Man (6 words)

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The Chinese Lantern Festival takes place on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year. As they mark the end of the Spring Festival, celebrants create colorful lanterns, set off fireworks, and hold parades. In one village, residents hurl molten metal against a wall to create an impressive display of sparks in a 300-year-old tradition. Gathered below are some vibrant images from this year's Chinese Lantern Festival. [29 photos]

A blacksmith throws molten metal against a cold wall to create sparks, as he and others celebrate the Lantern Festival which traditionally marks the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations, in Nuanquan, Hebei province, China, on February 6, 2012. For over 300 years, the village, which is famous for its blacksmith skills, has maintained the tradition which they consider a cheaper alternative to buying fireworks during the Lantern Festival. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

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The lunar new year is celebrated throughout the world, but especially in Asia when the lunisolar calendar ticks off a new cycle. This year is the Year of the Dragon on the Chinese zodiac, and is viewed as very auspicious. In China, the holiday is known as 春节, the Spring Festival, and kicks off 15 days of celebration. It also triggers the largest human migration in the world, as hundreds of millions of Chinese trek to see families. Gathered here are images of the preparation for the holiday, the travel scene in mainland China, and celebrations in many parts of the world. 新年快乐! -- Lane Turner/雷恩 (38 photos total)
Chinese folk artists perform the lion dance at a temple fair to celebrate the Lunar New Year on January 22, 2012 in Beijing. Also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar calendar, it is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with the Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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Any "best of" list must surely be subjective. This one is no different. Choosing the best photographs of the year is an enormously difficult task, with many terrific photographs slipping through the cracks. But with major news events as a guide, and with single images I fell in love with throughout the year forcing their way into the edit, I look at my favorite pictures from the first four months of the year. Two main stories dominated headlines in the first part of the year: the Japan earthquake and tsunami, and the rising of the Arab Spring. The protests in the Middle East would spread to Greece, Spain, and eventually inspire the Occupy movement in Western nations. Other stories included a historic wave of tornados in the U.S., a Royal wedding in London, and the creation of the world's newest nation in South Sudan. Images from the rest of the year will follow in posts later this week. -- Lane Turner (36 photos total)
A wave caused by a tsunami flows into the city of Miyako from the Heigawa estuary in Iwate Prefecture after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Japan March 11, 2011. (Mainichi Shimbun /Reuters)

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DONGGUAN, China (AP) — Li Biying’s hands tell you she’s left the farm behind.
Her long, tapered fingernails pinch apart pieces of gauzy fabric at the underwear factory that is her ticket out of rural poverty. They wouldn’t last long in the fields where her parents coax corn, potatoes and greens from terraced plots. The 20-year-old [...]

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An anti-government demonstrator weeps with joy upon hearing the news of the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on February 11, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. After 18 days of widespread protests, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has now left Cairo for his home in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheik, announced that he would [...]

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A sparrow in Central Park. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


The tents at Lincoln Center were decorated Tuesday ahead of Mercedes-Benz Fall Fashion Week. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Firefighters responded to 13 Conselyea St. in Brooklyn on Monday. (Photo by Amy Sussman for The Wall Street Journal)


Tuna nigiri sushi at Sushi Yasuda in Manhattan. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


Alla Verlotsky, the Ukraine-born, New York-based film programmer, distributor and producer, at her home office in Manhattan. (Mustafah Abdulaziz for The Wall Street Journal)


The casket of Officer Michael J. Califano was carried into a church on Thursday. (Ken Maldonado for The Wall Street Journal)


Artist Laurie Simmons at her studio in Manhattan. (Mustafah Abdulaziz for The Wall Street Journal)


New York Mets mascot Mr. Met prepared for the team’s trip to spring training in Florida. (Ken Maldonado for The Wall Street Journal)


Executive pastry chef Zac Young’s signature chocolate absinthe donuts at Flex Mussels in Manhattan.
(Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


The wine cellar at a historic mansion known as the Brady House in Westchester County. (Photo by Amy Sussman for The Wall Street Journal)


Former Long island schoolboy and current Tennessee star, Tobias Harris, plays a game against Alabama on Saturday. (Mike Belleme for The Wall Street Journal)


Grammy nominated musician Chandrika Tandon played a Tambura, a traditional Indian stringed instrument, in her home on the Upper East Side. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


FDNY Lieutenant Robert E. Lee was lauded for rescuing a 43-year old woman he found in the stairwell of a five-story building fire in the Bronx early Wednesday morning. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


The Lunar Parade in Chinatown wound down Mott Street on Sunday in celebration of the Chinese New Year. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

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