The strongest storm ever recorded devastates the Philippines, killing 6,000. Pope Benedict XVI resigns, shocking even his closest advisers. A young Pakistani girl rises up against her oppressors and captivates the world. Like every year preceding it, 2013 was a year wrought with tragedy and triumph, a product of some of the brightest human accomplishments and heroic acts of all time, as well as some of the harshest demonstrations of nature’s fury and the darker side of humanity.
The following video features 80 of the most powerful images taken by photojournalists throughout 2013, which have been pieced together into a photo slideshow by The Atlantic’s Alan Taylor:
WARNING: PHOTOS MAY CONTAIN GRAPHIC OR OBJECTIONABLE CONTENT:
This body of work serves as a profound reminder of the potency and necessity of photojournalism.
“How could anyone with a shred of humanity reach for a camera rather than the hand of a suffering fellow human?” many ask, but the photojournalist’s answer thunders back in response: “Because someone has to make sure that we remember.”
And, hopefully, change.
Credit: The Atlantic‘s “The Most Powerful Images of 2013”
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