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National Geographic Traveler photo contest 2014 - in pictures

The 2014 National Geographic Traveler photo contest has opened, inviting photographers from around the world to submit their shots. Here are some of the first entries

Robert Mapplethorpe: Paris welcomes an erotic great – thanks to Patti Smith

The Grand Palais in Paris is one of Europe's most serious exhibition spaces. It is where France honours its great artists. This week, it opened a big exhibition dedicated to a US artist who has often been dismissed as a shallow sensation-seeker of the 1980s. Why is Robert Mapplethorpe, who died in …

New Kids on the Block, Hitler and Bob Dylan: artist’s scrapbooks – in pictures

Long before craftsters turned scrapbooking into a billion-dollar industry, everyone from William Burroughs to Gerhard Richter used them as tiny canvases to work on their ideas. A new exhibition, Paperwork, is devoted to these masterpieces in miniature

Why are the nerves of empathy severed when it comes to immigration?

Men are running behind a truck, trying to jump up and grab on to it, so they can hitch an illegal lift into Britain. It's a self-evidently dangerous game. Like the "super-tramps" in Depression-era America who jumped on and off moving goods trains to get from city to city, these migrants are risking …

Ypres in the first world war ... and now – interactive

In the first of a new weekly series of interactive photographs for the first world war's centenary, the destruction wreaked on the Belgian city of Ypres is laid bare, as soldiers swarm on the wrecked ramparts. Today, the town is a centre of pilgrimage for families touched by the war<p>• Photography …

Gianni Berengo Gardin's best shot: a Venice vaporetto in 1960

I was 30, living on the Lido in Venice, and every morning I took the vaporetto, or water bus, across to where I worked in San Marco. I always carried my Leica with me, taking photographs for my own pleasure. I love Venice in the winter – the fog and the rain. This was taken one winter's morning, …

New York storefronts: what a difference a decade makes

When photographers James and Karla Murray revisited the shopfronts they had documented in their Disappearing Face of New York book, they found many replaced by chain stores, banks and luxury apartments

India prepares to go to the polls - in pictures

More than 100 million first time voters will cast their ballots when the world's biggest democracy holds a general election from 7 April. Here is a selection of young voters' opinions on the important issues facing Indian today

The Tower of David in Caracas, Venezuela - in pictures

The Tower of David is an abandoned skyscraper in the centre of Caracas which has become home to 3,000 people. Reuters photographer Jorge Silva documents life in the world's tallest vertical slum<p>Read more about the inhabitants here

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

This week's new exhibitions

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, London<p>The four contenders for this year's £30,000 prize bring biology, gender, race and politics to the table. Jochen Lempert's black-and-white images make nature's familiar phenomena strange; Lorna Simpson's staged photos and videos reimagine cultural stereotypes; …

The 20 photographs of the week

In this week's gallery of the best photojournalism from the week, we pay tribute to regular contributor Anja Niedringhaus. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer was killed this week covering the presidential election in Afghanistan. She worked in the conflict areas of the Middle East, …

Newsha Tavakolian's portraits of Iran's middle-class youth – in pictures

"When I shot these images, it was a dark time in Iran's history," says Newsha Tavakolian. "It was a time of extreme pressure on the public, especially on the youth, who were all struggling under the imposed restrictions." Curious about the isolated lives of the middle-class youth in Tehran, …

Liu Bolin's The Heroic Apparition – in pictures

Chinese artist Liu Bolin uses his own body as a canvas, painting himself to merge with his background, to explore the Chinese national identity and the status of artists in China. Liu's first UK solo exhibition, The Heroic Apparition, is at Scream in London until 9 May

The boozer who bottled bohemia: John Deakin's Soho photography

His circle of friends featured Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, and he took photos of Soho's artists, writers, drifters and newsagents as we wandered from one pub to the next in the 50s and 60s. Here's a selection of his best portraits

Classic album covers in Google Street View – in pictures

From Pink Floyd to PJ Harvey, our Street View specialist shows us the world's cities through the lens of famous album covers<p>More in this series:

Jackie Chan, 1982 - a picture from the past

First published on Mon 7 Apr 2014 08.08 EDT

Sport picture of the day: snapping the rally snappers

First published on Mon 7 Apr 2014 08.14 EDT

From Vera to Veruschka: the unseen photographs of Johnny Moncada – in pictures

• The exhibition runs until 14 June 2014 at Somerset House in London. A book by the same name as the exhibition is published by Rizzoli New York.

Everyday India in pictures: the city

As part of our coverage of the India elections, we've been asking you to send in your images of everyday India. We've been inundated with responses. In the first of a daily series, we look at the best of the urban images you sent in

The work of Jean Paul Gaultier – in pictures

From the Sidewalk To the Catwalk is a new exhibition at the Barbican in London celebrating the French fashion designer's flamboyant style. Here are some of the more eye-catching outfits and artworks featured

Wildlife cameraman Doug Allan: I like to get on an animal's wavelength

Not many people go to Kong Karls Land, and even fewer return from these Arctic islands way north of Norway because it is a world of polar bears and is strictly off limits to all but the most intrepid or foolhardy. So when photographer Doug Allan got permission to film sequences there for David …

Everyday India in pictures: the country

Continuing our series of our readers' images from across the country, today we focus on views of the Indian countryside.

Your country needs you: Kitchener’s memorial cross in 1916 … and now – interactive

In the second of a new weekly series of interactive photographs to mark the first world war centenary, a memorial cross for Lord Kitchener is unveiled at St Botolph's church in 1916, after the British secretary of state for war was killed by a German mine. It is said to be the first memorial of the …

Atrocities revisited: conflict and cruelty in Iran

In June 2009, a young philosophy student called Neda Agha-Soltan was shot dead by security forces in Tehran during protests against the Iranian elections. The death of Neda, an innocent bystander, was captured by several eyewitnesses on their mobile phones and swiftly posted online – becoming, …

Azadeh Akhlaghi: the photographer who stages murders in Iran

Akhlaghi recreates Iran's most notorious death scenes from the time before cameraphones, becoming an eyewitness to her nation's past. From the controversial poet who swerved her car to avoid a school bus and died in the process, to the mysterious end of Iran's beloved gold-medal wrestler, here's a …

Saddam's statue is toppled - a picture from the past

First published on Wed 9 Apr 2014 07.59 EDT

Everyday India in pictures: people

Continuing our series of everyday images of India, readers in India share photos of people from across the country

Everyday India in pictures: getting around

Continuing our series of everyday images of India, readers in India share photos of people getting around by bike, train, moped and even monorail