Here’s Newsweek Director of Photography Scott Hall:
From the Arab Spring to Mother Nature’s wrath, the euro crisis to Occupy Wall Street, 2011 made us realize we are living in a world where upheaval is now normal. Newsweek has compiled some of the year’s best photojournalism in a special stand-alone edition of the magazine as well as in this Web photo gallery. The pictures are not presented chronologically but rather by theme: in chapters titled Revolution, Spectacle, Fury, Scandal, Crisis, Mourning, Triumph, and Homecoming. Recognizing the relationship between different events, we see how President Obama’s frustrated face relates to the London riots—the inextricable link between debt and unemployment. The images themselves are entirely compelling, but the success of any great photograph is its power to make us stop and want to learn more about what we’re seeing. The emotional impact of every one of these pictures varies widely, from the poignant and painterly image of Syrian refugees to the hilariously absurd seating arrangement of a neon-styled Nicki Minaj next to a frosty, pursed-lipped Anna Wintour. These are the photos and stories that mattered, and they come to us from all walks of life. I hope you’ll agree that these are truly remarkable pictures. Enjoy.
The issue’s $10.99 and you can grab a copy online or on newsstands nationwide. Heck, we’ll even send a few out. Reblog or message us with the answer to this Q: “Why do you love photojournalism?” First three get a copy. The rest get our endless love.