Last Saturday, at 10:45 am, part of a hillside above Oso, Washington -- known by some locals as "Slide Hill" -- collapsed after weeks of heavy rain, sending a wall of mud and debris across a small valley of the Stillaguamish River.
From the ongoing search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to the succession of Crimea to Russia, to the celebration of colors for Holi in India and twin polar bear cubs in Germany, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.
Our collection of the best photojournalism of 2013 concludes with a look at the months of September, October, November, and December. News as always dominated the period with Typhoon Haiyan battering the Philippines, the attack on the mall in Kenya, the funeral for Nelson Mandela, unrest in Ukraine and the conflict in Syria continuing. Here is just a glimpse of what stood out to me in the final months of the year. For the rest of the year, see part I and part II. -- Lloyd Young [Editor's note: The Big Picture will not publish during the week beginning December 23. We will return posting December 30.] ( 35 photos total )
The first quarter of 2013 was a tough one for many people. It certainly was difficult for us here in Boston. Putting together the best photos of the year can be depressing. For the most part, the wire services move their most dramatic photos of the most significant events and many of those are violent. In this post, you will see photos from the horrific collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh, the Boston Marathon bombings and you will see a few light moments sprinkled within. It’s critical for us to document these tragic moments. Because of the images of the building collapse seen around the world, Bangladesh now has a new labor law that boosts worker rights. But after this edit, I'm going to start gathering some positive images for a future post. --Thea Breite (28 photos total)
In 2013, TIME sent photographers on assignment to dozens of countries all over the world — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Russia, The Philippines, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Venezuela, Pakistan, Myanmar, Central African Republic, Egypt, Dagestan, India —...
Photographer Emanuele Satolli has spent the past year chronicling a group of Russians addicted to krokodil, a lethal opiate made with ingredients from hardware stores and pharmacies that causes skin to become scaly, rot and fall off the bone.
The National Geographic Photo Contest for 2013 ends tomorrow, Nov. 30, but for procrastinators there’s still time to enter.The contest officially closes at 11:59:00 p.m. US Eastern Time Saturday. This post features a sampling of the entrants work.
California's Yosemite National Park, established on October 1, 1890, stands closed today, along with all other national parks and monuments in the U.S. More than a century ago, naturalist John Muir, a strong advocate for the recognition and protection of the region, successfully lobbied congress to set aside more than 700,000 acres as one of the nation's first national parks. These days (when the park is open), up to 4 million visitors per year make the trip to Yosemite. As we wait out the government shutdown, here is a virtual tour of Yosemite over the past 123 years.
Tyler Hicks, a Times photographer, was nearby when gunmen opened fire on an upscale Kenyan mall. His wife, also a photojournalist, grabbed his helmet and cameras from home before coming to cover the news herself.
The Sochi Winter Olympics concluded yesterday, after 16 days of competition on the ice and snow. Host nation Russia won the most medals overall, taking home 33, followed by the U.S. with 28, and Norway with 26.
Whether in the real world, the movies or in great works of fiction, most people experience Christmas as a winter holiday. We are surrounded with season-appropriate images of Santa donning a heavy coat and boots, pine trees flourishing in the cold and, whether it be natural or machine-made, lots and lots of snow. It’s a time of the year that is understood, and remembered, as bitterly cold.
In another part of the world, however, lies Australia—a place where fewer people live than in the northern climes and where Christmas is spent not sledding but grilling, often on the beach. Because Down Under’s in the southern hemisphere, Christmas falls in the summer.
Born and raised in Newcastle, Australia, Trent Parke, a World Press Photo-award winning photographer and a member of Magnum, began photographing at age 12. “When I was younger,” he recalls, “I was actually a Santa Claus photographer while working at a Kodak store after school, and shot pictures of people with Santa at the mall.”
Documenting the power of humans and nature resulted in images that depict great achievements and horrible destruction. Here is a selection of images from May - August 2013 from around the world (and here's Jan.-April and Sept.-Dec.). --Leanne Burden Seidel (32 photos total)
A historic street in Peshawar was demolished by a car bomb on Sunday, killing dozens of people. At the same time the country was coping with a deadly earthquake, three major attacks in Pakistan in the past week have killed at least 140 people.
"I was eleven years old when I saw a photo essay on the monsoon in India in Life Magazine by Brian Brake, the New Zealand-born Magnum photographer.
His work established his reputation as a master color photoessayist. Twenty years later, I proposed a story to National Geographic to photograph the monsoon. The next year I joined Magnum Photos.
People have often asked me what it was like spending almost a year photographing the monsoon. I spent several months following the monsoon which affects half the people on the planet.
Weather is often my best ally as I try to capture the perfect mood for my pictures, but photographing the monsoon was an experience that taught me a lot about patience and humility.
Photographing in heavy rain is difficult because you have to constantly wipe the rain drops from the camera lens. That takes about a third of the time. Monsoon rain is accompanied by winds that try to wrestle away the umbrella that is wedged between my head and shoulders.
I spent four days, in a flooded city in Gujarat, India, wading around the streets in waist-deep water that was filled with bloated animal carcasses and other waste material. The fetid water enveloped me leaving a greasy film over my clothes and body. Every night when I returned to my flooded hotel, empty except for a nightwatchman, I bathed my shriveled feet in disinfectant.
Once I was almost sucked down into one of the holes in the street in Bombay into which water was rushing. It took every bit of my strength to keep from losing my balance. After that close call, I shuffled along, inch by inch, yard by yard, until I had to abandon my cautious instincts.
I had to see the monsoon as a predictable yearly event, and not the disaster it seemed to my western eyes. The farmers experience the monsoon as an almost religious experience as they watch their fields come back to life after being parched for half the year.
When I was in Porbundar, the historic birthplace of Gandhi, I came upon a dog. There he was, locked out of the house, standing on a tiny piece of concrete as the flood waters rose. His expression betrayed his emotions. You can tell by the picture that he realizes his predicament and hope his owner opens the door soon.
Actually, a moment after I took the picture, the door opened and he ran inside."- Steve Mccurry