Richard Stengel: A Window on Momentous Events

Our annual Year in Pictures issue returns, capturing a turbulent time in a series of unforgettable moments

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If eyes are the windows of the soul, then photojournalism is the window on the most momentous events of our time. Great pictures are a way of arresting significant moments in a fast-changing year — and then framing those moments for history. This year, under the leadership of our new director of photography, Kira Pollack, we've brought back a venerable TIME franchise, the Year in Pictures.

Great and enduring photojournalism is one of the hallmarks of TIME, and our distinctive photo-essays go back to World War II combat photography. Pollack's team spent the past several months combing through...

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