TIME's Best Photojournalism of 2019 (2022)

It was in the second decade of the 21st Century that the camera completed its big move — from around the neck of a person who had set out to take pictures, to the pocket of almost anyone, taking a picture of just about anything. Married to social media, the camera phone can place more still images before a person in a single day than might have been seen in a whole year just a generation ago. And yet the power of the journalistic photograph, and truth it holds, is undiminished. Throughout 2019, photographers commissioned by TIME produced pictures that captured reality as it is still best understood.

In northern Iraq, Newsha Tavakolian photographed youths who were kidnapped and later indoctrinated into ISIS. What had become of them? What had they become? In Utah, Peter van Agtmael embedded with Jennie Taylor and her seven children almost a year after her husband and their father, Brent Taylor, was killed while deployed in Afghanistan. During the summer, Matthieu Paley traveled to one of the hottest cities on earth—Jacobabad, Pakistan, where temperatures reached 124 degrees. In December, Evgenia Arbugaeva followed Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg as she arrived back in Europe for a summit in Spain. Arbugaeva’s image of Thunberg, about to step off a train in Madrid, felt both intimate and new take on one of the most recognizable faces in the world at the moment.

In Philadelphia, Sasha Arutyunova shadowed waitresses at the Broad Street Diner who rely on tips to make ends meet. In Barcelona, Luca Locatelli stood atop the Sagrada Familia as architects and construction workers assemble yet more towers. In Paris, Patrick Zachmann trained his lens on the ruins of Notre Dame following the April blaze that destroyed the cathedral’s roof. In September, elsewhere in the city, Christopher Anderson captured a private moment between French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, toward the end of a day of work. For months in Washington, D.C., Gabriella Demczuk followed the drumbeat toward Donald Trump’s impeachment.

No matter what the new year may bring, we enter it better off — and better informed — for having seen these pictures.

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Alima Modu Babayo holds her baby for the first time, seconds after giving birth in the State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri, Nigeria, on Oct. 13, 2018. Feb. 18 issue.

Lynsey Addario for Time

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Gus Bullen drags hay that will feed sheep on Dunmore Property near Pilliga in December 2018. March 4 issue.

Adam Ferguson for TIME

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Rubber tappers work on government-protected land, which provides a bulwark against deforestation. But one rubber tapper, Marcelo Firmiano da Silva, photographed with two sons on Feb. 16, says 18 of his colleagues have been killed since 2002. Sept. 23 issue.

Sebastián Liste—NOOR for TIME

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Sen. Cory Booker greets supporters in Cedar Rapids before the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame event on June 9. July 29 issue.

Danny Wilcox Frazier—VII for TIME

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens an exhibit on the Israel Defense Forces, a driver behind the nation’s booming tech sector, in Jerusalem on June 25. July 22 issue.

Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME

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The entry fees of roughly 4 million visitors to the Sagrada Familia each year help provide the money needed to finish construction. On March 18, visitors walk through the nave. July 8 issue.

Luca Locatelli for TIME

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Insulation from a home was scattered in the trees after a tornado passed through the area, killing 23 people and destroying homes, in Beauregard, Ala., on March 4.

Bryan Anselm—Redux for TIME

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Octopuses raised in captivity, like this one photographed on Aug. 6, could save their wild relatives from overfishing. Sept. 2 issue.

Jake Naughton for TIME

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Volodymyr Zelensky, center, watches from the wings as his colleagues perform during a televised comedy sketch show in Kiev on March 13. Zelensky was later elected to the presidency.

Anastasia Taylor-Lind for TIME

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NASA’S rockets are constructed at the Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building in Florida. July 29 issue.

Christopher Payne for TIME

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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks to supporters in the rain at a rally in Washington Square Park in New York City on May 14.

Philip Montgomery for TIME

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Hayli's mother, Claudia, right, and her grandmother Suyapa at their home in Honduras. March 18 issue.

Verónica G. Cárdenas for TIME and The Texas Tribune

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Shadows on an American flag at a town hall with then-Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sept. 19.

September Dawn Bottoms for TIME

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Kurt Volker, former U.S. envoy to Ukraine, leaves the Capitol after delivering hours of testimony in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 3.

Gabriella Demczuk for TIME

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In the kitchen at the Broad Street Diner in Philadelphia, waitress Christina Munce keeps her daughter’s photo next to her pad for taking orders. Sept. 2 issue.

Sasha Arutyunova for TIME

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Nuhat Abdul Hamid, 9, from the Syrian Kurdish town of Darbasiyah, aboard a bus transporting refugees to the Bardarash camp in Iraq on Nov. 1. Nov. 25 issue.

Moises Saman—Magnum Photos for TIME

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) enter the studio where they will speak to reporters on next steps involving the impeachment inquiry at a press conference in the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 2.

Gabriella Demczuk for TIME

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Tom and Sue Wright of Oak Ridge, Tenn., who have been portraying Abe and Mary Lincoln for 10 years, get dressed in the pre-dawn hours in Dawsonville, Ga., on April 13.

Benjamin Norman for TIME

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Caroline Taylor at her grandmother's house in North Ogden, Utah, in September. Her father, Brent Taylor, was killed while serving in Afghanistan in November 2018. Oct. 21 issue.

Peter van Agtmael—Magnum Photos for TIME

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Jennie Taylor measures a potential gravestone for her husband Brent on Sept. 17, the day before her first wedding anniversary without him. Oct. 21 issue.

Peter van Agtmael—Magnum Photos for TIME

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Dogs and their handlers at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, in February.

Clara Mokri for TIME

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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller prepares to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., on July 24.

Gabriella Demczuk for TIME

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A midwife, Nur Nahar, holds Yasmin, a girl delivered moments earlier to Janoka Bibi, 20, in Kutupalong camp in April. The girl’s father abandoned the family. June 3 issue.

James Nachtwey for TIME

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Farmer Jack Slack-Smith, 65, listens to a weather report in his living room on Epping Farm in New South Wales, Australia, in November 2018. The drought has reduced its sheep stock from 7,000 to approximately 3,600, and cattle from 260 breeders to 22. March 4 issue.

Adam Ferguson for TIME

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On Oct. 7, Nora plays with the Barbie her mother, Susan Penquitt, bought in 1989, in their home in Taucha, Germany. Nov. 11 issue.

Nanna Heitmann—Magnum Photos for TIME

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke kicks off his 2020 presidential campaign in El Paso on March 30. O'Rourke announced in November that he would abandon his bid for the White House.

Christopher Lee for TIME

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Stevie rolls through the halls at Knollwood Military Retirement Community. Nov. 4 issue.

Greg Kahn for TIME

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On Aug. 11, an antigovernment protester is arrested near the Tsim Sha Tsui police station in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Aug. 26 issue.

Adam Ferguson for TIME

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A Yezidi boy known as S. was abducted by ISIS at the age of 9 and returned to his family at 12, a different person. June 3 issue.

Newsha Tavakolian—Magnum Photos for TIME

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A range of activities happen at night in Jacobabad on June 27: a girl returns home with groceries; a boy rides a bicycle; and a father and son ride home on a motorcycle. Sept. 23 issue.

Matthieu Paley for TIME

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An empty information kiosk after the conference with Pacific island leaders on climate change in Fiji in May.

Christopher Gregory for TIME

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On May 4, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren stops for lunch at The Blue Heron in Mason City, Iowa. May 20 issue.

Krista Schlueter for TIME

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French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte share a private moment as the President wraps up his work just before dinner at the Élysée Palace in Paris in September. Sept. 30 issue.

Christopher Anderson—Magnum Photos for TIME

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Travis leans on Taylor in The Chapel, a new annex at The Abbey, in Los Angeles on June 9.

Isadora Kosofsky for TIME

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A group of demonstrators take cover during a clash with Venezuelan national police officers on the Simón Bolívar International Bridge in Cúcuta, Colombia, on Feb. 23. Clashes along the border stranded aid caravans. March 11 issue.

Natalie Keyssar for TIME

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A Rohingya man bathes in a man-made pond near the camp where he lives. Behind him is the construction of the Camp 20 Extension.

James Nachtwey for TIME

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Walid Khalil Murad, whose wife and three children went down with a smuggler's boat in 2015, now lives in Theley, in Saarland, southern Germany. He has taken to caring for pigeons, seen on July 25, and has 12 grown and 2 baby pigeons. Sept. 2 issue.

Mustafah Abdulaziz for TIME

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Workers atop the Sagrada Familia, one of the world's longest-running construction projects, in Barcelona in March. July 8 issue.

Luca Locatelli for TIME

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Supporters wait in the rain on April 14 for Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign announcement in South Bend. May 13 issue.

Elliot Ross for TIME

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Ariana Hawk starts to put her youngest son to sleep as the rest of her kids eat dinner. In Flint, residents still won’t trust their water taps. April 22 issue.

Brittany Greeson for TIME

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez walks down 37th Avenue with her staff towards her office in Jackson Heights, Queens. April 1 issue.

Krisanne Johnson for TIME

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Children take part in the Intermediate 4-H Sheep Showmanship competition in the Sheep Barn at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Aug. 11. The competitors are judged on their ability to display and control the sheep rather than on the characteristics of the animals themselves.

M. Scott Brauer for TIME

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A technician near an open part of Notre Dame's roof in Paris on June 25. After the April fire, some sections of the cathedral have since been exposed to rainfall and high temperatures that France has experienced. Aug. 5 issue.

Patrick Zachmann—Magnum Photos for TIME

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A police officer prepares for an antigovernment protest near the Tai Po police station on Aug. 10.

Adam Ferguson for TIME

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A cemetery near the village of Bna contains the bodies of Iraqi Kurds killed in various conflicts, including Saddam Hussein’s Anfal campaign, which killed 60,000 in the late 1980s. Nov. 25 issue.

Moises Saman—Magnum Photos for TIME

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Six decades on, the Dalai Lama, photographed in February, still hopes he will visit his birthplace again. March 18 issue.

Ruven Afanador for TIME

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FAQs

TIME's Best Photojournalism of 2019? ›

Throughout 2019, photographers commissioned by TIME produced pictures that captured reality as it is still best understood. In northern Iraq, Newsha Tavakolian photographed youths who were kidnapped and later indoctrinated into ISIS.

When was the golden age of photojournalism? ›

The "Golden Age of Photojournalism" is often considered to be roughly the 1930s through the 1950s. It was made possible by the development of the compact commercial 35mm Leica camera in 1925, and the first flash bulbs between 1927 and 1930, which allowed the journalist true flexibility in taking pictures.

What are the 5 basics of photojournalism? ›

Here Are The 5 Fundamental Elements of Photography
  • Light. Light is the most fundamental element that all photographs need because it illuminates the scene or subject. ...
  • Color. ...
  • Moment. ...
  • Composition. ...
  • Photographer's Choice Of Distance To Their Subject.
Feb 4, 2020

Who is the father of photojournalism? ›

Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose instantly recognisable images graced magazines and newspapers around the world, has died aged 96. The shy, intense Frenchman, regarded as the founding father of photo-journalism, died on Monday at Isle sur la Sorgue, in the south of France, according to French media reports.

Who is a famous photojournalism? ›

Some of the most famous photojournalists of all time are: Henri Cartier-Bresson. Steve McCurry; and. Lynsey Addario.

Who is the most photographed person in the world 2021? ›

The World's Most Photographed Celebrity – Donald Trump

Coming up trumps (if you may) is none other than former President of the United States, Donald Trump. The 75-year-old businessman-turned-politician returns a staggering 463,574 results on Getty Images at the time of research.

Who is the first photojournalist? ›

The first true Photojournalism, however, is usually attributed to Carol Szathmari and Roger Fenton who used their cameras to document the Crimean War (1853-56).

How has photojournalism changed over the years? ›

Over the years, the Assignments that a photojournalist shoots remain pretty constant, but the technology has changed from 1990 to 2010 and a photo that once took five hours to send to the wire service now takes seconds. The quality level between those 1990 images and now has gotten remarkably better too.

What is history of photojournalism? ›

Photojournalism has its roots in war photography, with Roger Fenton pioneering the field during the Crimean War. Fenton was the first official war photographer, shooting images that demonstrated the effects of war.

What are the 10 principles of photojournalism? ›

Ten Practical Principles for Photojournalists
  • Get in close. ...
  • Find unusual angles. ...
  • Get identification. ...
  • Burn pixels. ...
  • Go beyond the cliche. ...
  • Avoid obvious posing. ...
  • Add light, but don't make it obvious. ...
  • Focus faithfully, stay steady.

What are the 7 principles of photography? ›

The seven principles of art and design in photography; balance, rhythm, pattern, emphasis, contrast, unity and movement, form the foundation of visual arts. Using the seven principles allows you to take greater control of your photographic practice. This will lead to better photos and more photographic opportunities.

What makes good photojournalism? ›

A good photojournalist has to be comfortable behind a camera as well as being skilled with image-editing software to crop and enhance photos. This not only requires an eye for detail, but an intuition for knowing where the story is, and where a story is about to emerge moments before you focus your camera.

What is the role of photojournalism? ›

What Is the Purpose of Photojournalism? Simply speaking, a photojournalist's role is to relate a story through photography. The goal is not only to take pictures, but to hold the images up to the highest journalistic standards in an effort to convey the truth.

What is the importance of photojournalism? ›

Importance Of Photo -journalism. Photojournalism which is one of the most important branches of journalism exposes the reality through raw and non-biased photographs. It's through a picture alone that the power to visually tell about what's going in a society, and portray the truth becomes possible.

Who is the most famous photographer 2022? ›

Seven of the best emerging photographers to follow in 2022
  • Karah Mew. Based in Portsmouth, Karah Mew is an award-winning documentary photographer. ...
  • Angus Scott aka Gussi. ...
  • Jennifer McCord. ...
  • Nico Froehlich. ...
  • Jodie Bateman. ...
  • Anna Neubauer. ...
  • Elliott Verdier.
Mar 14, 2022

Who is the most photographed woman? ›

San Antonio's Janice Jarratt, 'the most photographed woman in the world,' was born in 1914. SAN ANTONIO - Janice Jarratt, who's stunning looks appeared in advertisements around the world and gave her the title of "most photographed woman in the world" back in the 30s was born today in 1914.

Who is the most photographed man of the 20th century? ›

Frederick Douglass Was the Most Photographed American of the 20th Century - Facts About Frederick Douglass.

Who is the most photographed man of all time? ›

He was the most photographed person of his time. Frederick Douglass sat for more portraits during the 1800s than even Abraham Lincoln, and that was no accident.

Is photojournalism a journalist? ›

Both are in the business of imparting news and current events. But, journalists rely on the written word to get their point across. Photojournalists, on the other hand, use images or images and text to tell the story.

What are the types of photojournalism? ›

The 8 Types of Photojournalism are Spot News, General News, Feature Sports, Action Sports, Features, Portrait/Personality, Pictorial, also Illustration.

Is photojournalism an art? ›

Photojournalism is creative.

So it's not just art; it's difficult art to create, often done so under the most dangerous of circumstances.

How photojournalism has an impact on society? ›

The most significant benefit of photojournalism was its ability to push for social change by illustrating the problems associated with the society. In other words, photojournalism was the first medium to convey social issues to mass audiences through the use of news magazines and other publications.

How has technology improved photojournalism? ›

Technology and the Internet have had a positive influence on photojournalists and their careers. Since the beginning of photography, technological advances have changed the field of photojournalism. Photographers now use digital cameras to take photographs and no longer use the darkroom to develop their images.

Who were some of the most influential photojournalists in early photojournalism? ›

A lot of photographers that coined photojournalism for the next decades started their careers in the 1930s. Those include famous photographers such as Henri-Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, and W. Eugene-Smith.

When was photojournalism first used? ›

The beginning of modern photojournalism took place in 1925, in Germany. The event was the invention of the first 35 mm camera, the Leica.

What are the rules of photojournalism? ›

The Charters lay out specifically that photojournalists are expected to:
  • Respect Truth, whatever the consequences for himself/herself.
  • Verify sources.
  • Only publish information that can ce traced back to its origin.
  • Abstain from using any disloyal means to achieve photographs.
  • Never pay sources or subjects.

What are the elements of photojournalism? ›

Characteristics of Photojournalism
  • Photojournalism is relevant. The main objective of photojournalism is to tell a story better than the text or write-up that usually accompanies the photos. ...
  • Photojournalism is timely. ...
  • Photojournalism is objective. ...
  • Photojournalism is narrative. ...
  • Aesthetically Interesting.

What is the most popular form of journalism? ›

Print Journalism

With Print Media being the most traditional types of Journalism, it is mainly concerned with the practice of reporting news and related content through newspapers, magazines and periodicals.

What do you call a journalist? ›

Correspondent, Reporter, Columnist, Spokesperson, Politician.

What are the two forms of journalism? ›

There are five principal types of journalism: investigative, news, reviews, columns and feature writing.

Who is Daniella Zalcman? ›

Daniella Zalcman (b. 1986) is a documentary photographer based in London and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation, and a member of Boreal Collective.

How hard is it to be a photojournalist? ›

Photojournalists work in a very fast-paced industry. Often they are taking pictures in real-time and only have one chance to capture the images. So they need to understand the complexities of taking a photo. Photojournalists need to have the same skills as all photographers.

Can you be a photojournalist without a degree? ›

A photojournalism degree isn't necessary and the history of photojournalism shows, that a lot of photographers found success without one. You can enter the field as a self-taught photographer and try Your luck to become a photojournalist.

How do I become a photojournalist? ›

Most photojournalists earn a bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or photography. Some students will major in photography and minor or choose a concentration in journalism, or vice versa. Some employers may hire an applicant who has a degree in a relevant field, such as political science or English.

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