"If I can't picture it," Albert Einstein once said, "I can't understand it."
The images of 2017 deliver understanding, creating an immediate shorthand of events, explaining how we lived. This year we asked each of our photographers to select a favorite image and explain how it stood out among the thousands of shots they took in 2017.
Overall, it was a year of pain and glory, change and inertia: typical and unique.
When you see the photos, you'll understand.
- Alfred Lubrano