A Letter From The Publisher: Sep. 5, 1983

Photographs, with their immediacy and verisimilitude, are the usual means of illustrating a news story and are a compelling part of TIME'S content every week. But for some stories, on the arcane complexities of arms control or international economics, for instance, or the abstractions of intellectual endeavor and emotional response, photography can seem too realistic, too specific to reflect and enhance the subject's nuances. For these stories, the editors often turn to the art world to solicit original work, including drawings, paintings, collages and prints, that can better evoke the meaning of...

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