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December 29, 2010 4:09 AM   Subscribe

The Big Picture: 2010 in Photos (part 2, part 3). just in case you missed it
posted by allkindsoftime (16 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Similar selection from the Guardian here.
posted by Acey at 4:23 AM on December 29, 2010


That sinkhole picture from Guatemala City always blows me away.

And this, which I hadn't seen before... Jesus.
posted by Auden at 5:59 AM on December 29, 2010


Awe inspiring.
posted by joost de vries at 6:08 AM on December 29, 2010


Can anyone tell me how this was taken? Presumably the camera is moving? Does some computerized overhead boom match speed with the athlete or is it just mad photographer skillz?
posted by The Bellman at 6:24 AM on December 29, 2010


Is acid really so readily available in places where people tend to throw it on women?

Lots of those pix are really hard to look at.
posted by rahnefan at 6:29 AM on December 29, 2010


Can anyone tell me how this was taken?

More than likely the photographer tracked the sled with the camera from an overhead point. Probably any decent sports photographer can do something similar.

My favoes:

Love this one of the big, burly and bearded Pakistani soldier carrying a citizen. Guy looks like he's a one man army.

At first I thought this was painting, the heat made the scene look like brush strokes.

There's just something quietly heroic about this shot of US soldiers protecting a man and his kid. The politics of the situation are hang over the scene, but also hammer home that real lives are at stake and each and every one matters on some level.

What a beautiful capture of the human body, powerful and primed for action. Plus, a Pong reference!
posted by nomadicink at 6:43 AM on December 29, 2010


I'm glad there were a few cute pictures in there like that mini monkey, because too many of those serious shots just make you want to cry.

Sadly, The lady with acid in her face affects me less than the marine protecting the man protecting his son... that image still has me in tears. I don't know what that says about me.

If I had the choice or ability, the 2010 shown in many of those pictures, would be a good year to forget.
posted by Nanukthedog at 6:44 AM on December 29, 2010


Ben Franklin looks on these putzes with disdain.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:25 AM on December 29, 2010


The French have the most beautiful protesters.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 7:34 AM on December 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


the marine protecting the man protecting his son... that image still has me in tears.

Funny, that image just reminded me how powerful photographs can be in propaganda work.
posted by Hildegarde at 7:47 AM on December 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


I guess it's the nature of news photography, but those images paint 2010 to be a pretty shitty year. It makes me wonder if there would be a year on record in recent memory where most of the photos would be positive, or at least relatively neutral, or if these sorts of retrospectives always capture the biggest (and therefore worst) stories.
posted by codacorolla at 8:12 AM on December 29, 2010


The photo of the soldier protecting a man and his child only triggered the bitter part inside of me says something along the lines of "yeah okay, where's the photo of the soldier killing innocent civilians?"
posted by Evernix at 8:25 AM on December 29, 2010


The photo of the soldier protecting a man and his child only triggered the bitter part inside of me says something along the lines of "yeah okay, where's the photo of the soldier killing innocent civilians?"

Hmm, propaganda really does work.
posted by nomadicink at 10:24 AM on December 29, 2010


Israeli driver running into the group of Palestinian kids - the kid's body is flying into the air over the car! Cold. Very cold.
posted by Surfurrus at 11:40 AM on December 29, 2010


Hmm, propaganda really does work.

Of course it does. As my propaganda prof used to always say, "the best propaganda is true."
posted by Hoopo at 11:41 AM on December 29, 2010


Mind you the Arab kids were running *towards* the car throwing rocks at it, with adults off to the side also throwing rocks, as can be seen in the video, taken by a different journalist (one of at least five on site with cameras at the ready to fortuitously capture such an event). Not just fist-sized rocks were being thrown, but grapefruit-sized ones as well.

Ironically, the Israeli driver, David Beeri, has long been campaigning with the Mukhtar of Silwan for friendly relations between Arabs and Jews.
posted by holterbarbour at 7:08 PM on December 29, 2010


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