The Best Photos of 2005

Dec. 19, 2005

Reflecting a year marked conspicuously by natural and human disasters, our selection of pictures made many readers think we had overlooked the year's sunnier moments. But for others, the images underscored photography's power to convey reality and renew perspective on life's trials — and gifts

How often do those who have the good fortune to be comfortable, safe and secure take their situation for granted? Your collection, "The Best Photos of 2005," serves as a humbling reminder of the fragility of the human condition [Dec. 19]. In juxtaposing our vulnerability to Mother Nature's wrath with our suffering and...

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