A Year Like No Other: 2020 in Pictures

In a world where life changed seemingly overnight, photographers transformed how they worked, trading intimacy for distance. This is what they captured.

The photographs in this collection capture those historic 12 months. Jeffrey Henson Scales, who edited The Year in Pictures with David Furst, said he had never felt such sweep and emotion from a single year’s images — from the “joy and optimism” of a New Year’s Eve kiss in Times Square, to angry crowds on the streets of Hong Kong and in American cities, to scenes of painful debates over race and policing, to the “seemingly countless graves and coffins across the globe.”

2020 in Photos: How the First Months Unfolded

It's time to take a look at some of the most memorable events and images of 2020. Events covered in this essay include the disastrous Australian wildfires, the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic, Brexit Day, and much more.

As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look at some of the most memorable events and images of 2020. Events covered in this essay (the first of a three-part photo summary of the year) include the disastrous Australian wildfires, the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic and the new reality of empty public spaces, innovative ways to cope with social-distancing measures, the Democratic presidential primaries, Brexit Day, and much more. Check back later this week for parts two and three, and be sure to see the earlier “Top 25 News Photos of 2020.”

Top 25 News Photos of 2020

Powerful images from the past 12 eventful months

As we approach the end of a year unlike any other in recent memory, here is a look back at some of the major news events and moments of 2020. The coronavirus pandemic took center stage worldwide, disrupting societies, sickening tens of millions, and killing more than 1.5 million people. In June, widespread protests against racial injustice and policy brutality erupted after the Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. In the U.S., political and cultural clashes took place in the streets, on the airwaves, and across social media during a tumultuous presidential-election year. California suffered one of its worst wildfire seasons in modern history, and so much more. Here, we present the top 25 news photos of 2020. Be sure to check back throughout the week for more comprehensive stories, presented as “2020: The Year in Photos, Parts 1-3.”

photo-eye Favorite Books 2020

We hope you enjoy this year's selection of over 70 favorites by photobook notables from all over the world! The diversity of these choices can be seen below.
Categorized as Books

Mihai Barabancea: Falling On Blades RomanianAF

"I actually have no idea what street photography is, but I can oddly sense its look-off-tilted cameras, bit of asphalt, coupla ppl, maybe a mean looking dog, some bit of crazy occurring in the corners, some action as it were" It is becoming

I began this review with these questions in mind, mostly in passing as they reflect the cacophony and performance of Mihai Baranbancea’s incredibly chaotic and brilliant Falling On Blades (Edition Patrick Frey, 2020). The book is thick tome full of intense images of Barabancea’s Romania. It is in colour and likely shot through a Yashica T4 or Contax-some form of small compact camera that allows the artist close access to the innumerable scenes of wild Romania. I tend to think of this kind of work once belonging to Vice in the early 2000s and that is not a slight against Mihai-in fact, that would have been about the timeframe when Vice was equally chaotic and sociologically-speaking was pushing boundaries that now in 2020 that as a news organisation look slightly faded and increasingly unnecessary. I am reminded of Peter Sutherland, Dash Snow etc. when I look at Mihai’s work. He has an access to Romania that outsiders do not and you can feel the low-light and flash-induced images in all their fast-paced glory. There is an anxiety involved. There is a palpable danger and a return to risk-taking that seems to have gone missing over the past decade.

Protests Erupt in France Over Proposal to Limit Publication of Images of Police

Protests have erupted across France over a proposed security law that would greatly limit the publication of images of police officers. The controversial

The controversial Article 24 in the new Global Security Bill pushed by French President Emmanuel Macron’s government and police unions would make it illegal to publish images of police officers with the intent to cause them harm. Offenders would face up to a year in jail and a fine of €45,000 (~$53,000).

Out of Nowhere

What’s lost and won as newsrooms close their offices for good

Bowie, of the Baltimore Sun, began adjusting to working from home. It was feasible only because of the strong relationships she’d developed with editors over three decades in the newsroom. “You can sort of read them through Slack channels and email in a way that if I was a new reporter entering the newsroom it would be very, very difficult,” she told me. Early in the year, the Sun’s staff had shared a Pulitzer Prize for a series of investigations into allegations of corruption and fraud committed by Catherine Pugh, the former mayor. Bowie believes that work would have been impossible as a remote project. “There were so many moments during those months where the discussions in the newsroom resulted in better stories coming out, because we were all asking each other questions all the time,” she said. “I know for a fact that our reporting would not have been as good if we couldn’t have been together in that room.”
Categorized as Journalism

América Latina Week: Misha Vallejo - LENSCRATCH

This interview was written with the kind help of and in conjunction with Elena Gálvez Mancilla – Mexican historian and sociologist; a researcher on the Amazon and indigenous culture, interested in the image as a historical source, photography enthusiast a

I am very proud to introduce Misha Vallejo‘s work today. He comes from my very own country, Ecuador. With intimacy and humanity, he has portrayed Sarayaku, the guardians of the Amazon. He has shown me and many others, that everyone’s life is connected to an important environmental reality and that caring is the only answer.  Secret Sarayaku is currently on display at the Centre of Contemporary Arts in Quito.


Command-line program to download image-galleries and -collections from several image hosting sites - mikf/gallery-dl

gallery-dl is a command-line program to download image-galleries and -collections from several image hosting sites (see Supported Sites). It is a cross-platform tool with many configuration options and powerful filenaming capabilities.