Unforgettable Pictures of the Year

We know that images can hold history in place. We forget sometimes that they can also drive it forward. In 1992 Los Angeles exploded over the meaning of pictures of a black man being beaten by white police. And it was pictures -- of spectral women and withered children -- that launched the rescue mission in Somalia. It may have been awkward to have cameras meet the troops when they landed, but wasn't it also appropriate? In a sense it was cameras that had sent them there.

This was a year that disproved the truism that scenes of tragedy all blur...

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