TIME magazine's annual "Best Photos" issue comes out today. I don't have to tell you that this was an eventful year around the world, but I think it's worthwhile to point out the highly visual nature of a lot of that news. Video footage of disasters may be in short supply (how many times have you seen the same video clip of the tsunami from that hotel balcony, or of the hurricane ripping down that hanging traffic signal?), but they're exactly the sort of things that lend themselves to more in-depth examination by still photographers. Combine that with the ever-increasing ubiquity of better and better digital equipment, and this should be a good issue (let's just hope they went easy on the gutter bleeds). The feature, which I could swear used to be called the "Year in Pictures" (YIP) (or maybe that was LIFE?) is this year called "The Best Photos of 2005." You can get a little foretaste of the issue's contents at TIME's website.
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON