A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 26, 1983

Approximately 80 photographs, the majority of them in color, appear in the average issue of TIME. They are picked from among thousands of pictures that Time Inc. processes in its own photo lab, or collects from picture agencies and wire services every week. The goal of the Picture Department, under Editor Arnold Drapkin, is to find the pictures that best depict the persons or events in the stories they accompany. For the last issue of TIME every year, however, the Picture Department undertakes a very different assignment: creating the special section called Images,...

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