Thursday, January 01, 2009

2008 in pictures

Alan Taylor rounds up 120 representative photographs of the year just past. Five images that struck a chord with me (click on pictures to enlarge; captions by Mr. Taylor):

A Kenyan boy screams as he sees a Kenyan policeman with a baton approach the door of his home in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, 17 January 2008. Hundreds of police who had earlier clashed with supporters of Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga at the entrance of the slum moved into the shantytown and did a house-to-house search for protesters. (Walter Astrada/AFP/Getty Images)

Drummers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama waves to the crowd at a rally in the rain at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Firefighters battle a blaze at the Namdaemun gate, one of South Korea's most historic sites, in central Seoul, on February 11, 2008. An arsonist started the fire, destroying the gate--the oldest wooden structure in Seoul, first constructed in 1398 and rebuilt in 1447. (Kim Jae-hwan/AFP/Getty Images)

Images of books on shelves are seen projected on the walls of the Tower of David in Jerusalem's Old City--part of a show called “Or Shalem, Jerusalem Lights the Night,” staged by a group called Skertz, on October 7, 2008. The Tower of David is a massive citadel that, over the centuries, has served as a fortress, military barracks and cannon position. These days, the Tower serves as a popular tourist site. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

The rest of the stunners here.

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