The Year in Revolution
When demonstrations against corruption broke out in the Middle East in January, the world was slow to take note, but the struggle has inspired protesters from Syria to the Ivory Coast to fight for their right to a better future.
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The Year in Mourning
From unexpected passings to indiscriminate mass murder, these deaths were occasions for global grief.
From the Arab Spring to Mother Nature’s wrath, the euro crisis to Occupy Wall Street, 2011 made us realize we are living in a world where upheaval is now normal. Newsweek has compiled some of the year’s best photojournalism in a special stand-alone edition of the magazine as well as in this Web photo gallery. The pictures are not presented chronologically but rather by theme: in chapters titled Revolution, Spectacle, Fury, Scandal, Crisis, Mourning, Triumph, and Homecoming. Recognizing the relationship between different events, we see how President Obama’s frustrated face relates to the London riots—the inextricable link between debt and unemployment. The images themselves are entirely compelling, but the success of any great photograph is its power to make us stop and want to learn more about what we’re seeing. The emotional impact of every one of these pictures varies widely, from the poignant and painterly image of Syrian refugees to the hilariously absurd seating arrangement of a neon-styled Nicki Minaj next to a frosty, pursed-lipped Anna Wintour. These are the photos and stories that mattered, and they come to us from all walks of life. I hope you’ll agree that these are truly remarkable pictures. Enjoy.
— Scott Hall, Director of Photography, Newsweek
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Japan: Life After Zero Hour
In the wake of Japan's nuclear meltdown, a look at its most radioactive village.