Eyes on History

Our year-end issue is not just an occasion for a summing-up in words but also a showcase for TIME's extraordinary photographers, and they had a privileged view of the year's biggest story. WILLIAM COUPON, who has done portraits of six previous Presidents for TIME, took the cover shot of George W. Bush at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 4, minutes after he got word of the U.S. Supreme Court's first decision in his favor. That put Bush in an upbeat mood, and Coupon found him to be a relaxed and cooperative subject, especially contrasted with some past...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!