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Massive snowstorm hits Northeast

The blizzard of 2015 blasted the region with wind-whipped snow that piled nearly 3-feet high in some places. (40 photos total)

Unrest in Yemen

The future for Yemen is uncertain after the president resigned this week after a Houthi rebel takeover of the country. Thousands demonstrated on Friday as lawmakers wait to convene over the weekend.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (18 photos total)

Declining water levels in the Dead Sea

Originally one of the world’s first health resorts, the Dead Sea in Israel has a far from healthy future as its water levels continue to decline. In fact, it has been estimated that since the 1950s the water levels have dropped about 130 feet. The dangerously low level has been attributed to an imbalance between the amount of incoming and outgoing water. Known also as the Sea of Salt, separating Israel to the west and Jordan to the east, the lake’s surface and shores are 1407 feet below the level making it earth’s lowest elevation on land. The problem of the annual declining rate is due largely to the reduction of inflowing of water from the Jordan River. This has been attributed to the increased current consumption of water within the Jordan River water and irrigation drainage basin. Water resources in the region are scarce and affect Israel, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan that are located within and bordering the basin. The sea is called ‘dead’ because its high salinity prevents aquatic organisms such as fish and aquatic plants from living in it.-- By European Pressphoto Agency (13 photos total)

Bird’s Eye View

A change in perspective can make everything look a little different. Patterns emerge, shapes coalesce, and chaos simplifies. (32 photos total)

The Naga tribes of Myanmar

In Myanmar, around 120,000 people live in the Naga Self-Administered Zone in Sagaing Division where they survive mainly by subsistence farming and hunting. Cultural practices are changing - for example, younger men now wear trousers rather than traditional loincloths - although many Naga communities remain impoverished and inaccessible by road. The Naga speak dozens of languages and many of those in Myanmar use Burmese as a lingua franca. (14 photos total)

Dakar Rally 2015

The 13-stage Dakar Rally is traveling through Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia via motorcycle, quad bike, car, or truck over extreme terrain. Competitors and support crews come from around the world to challenge their mechanical, driving, and orienteering skills. The race wraps up this Saturday in Buenos Aires after covering the more than 5,592-mile loop-shaped course.-- By Lloyd Young (25 photos total)

Unity Rallies for France terror victims

A crowd estimated to be between one to three million people marched in Paris to remember the victims of a series of terror attacks which claimed the lives of 17 people. The Paris march was said to rival crowds that turned out for the liberation of France after WWII. Other rallies throughout France drew massive crowds as well.-- By Lane Turner (18 photos total)

The Natural World: Animal patterns

Animals offer photographers a wealth of visual material. Interesting forms, texture, patterns, movement, and color enrich the image. This is a selection of recent photos of animals and their environment from around the world that are captured with this in mind.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (28 photos total)

Charlie Baker Inauguration

Charles Duane Baker Jr., a Beacon Hill budget whiz turned health insurance chief executive and politician, was sworn in Thursday as the 72d governor of Massachusetts. (11 photos total)

Paris attack

Authorities are looking for the armed gunmen who stormed the office of the weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris and killed 12 people including the editor and two police officers. The paper had a history of publishing cartoons deemed offensive to Muslims. (18 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, December 2014

Daily Life: December 2014

For this edition of our look at daily life we share images from France, China, Cuba, Pakistan, United States and other countries from around the world.-- By Lloyd Young (25 photos total)

Seasonal lights

Around the world, nights look brighter this time of year. Illuminations of all kinds help celebrate holidays or festivities.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (31 photos total)

Hands in the news

Hands tell stories. They are are functional and they have the power to communicate emotion. This post is edited from today’s wire photos. The hands in these photographs represent hope, communication, power, connection and longing.-- By Thea Breite (16 photos total)

2014 Year in Pictures: Part III

Photos from the last four months of the 2014 depicting news events and daily life around the world. (28 photos total)

2014 Year in Pictures: Part II

Photographs from May-August on a range topics from around the world.-- By Lloyd Young (28 photos total)

2014 Year in Pictures: Part I

-- By Thea Breite (26 photos total)

Protesters rally in downtown Boston over police killings

About 1,000 people demonstrated Saturday in downtown Boston to protest over the recent deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York City. State Police said they arrested 23 people for disorderly conduct after a skirmish near Nashua Street Jail.-- By Lloyd Young (21 photos total)

Powerful storm pounds West Coast

A strong storm hit the West Coast this week, causing overflow of rivers and flooded freeways. Northern and southern California dealt with power outages, wind damage and landslides.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (20 photos total)

The best photos of 2014: stories behind the Globe’s most memorable pictures of the year

Each year, editors from the Globe Magazine ( and the Boston Globe photo department choose the most memorable and incisive pictures of the last 12 months from staff photographers. The 2014 photos that follow -- and the behind-the-scenes stories about them, as told to reporter Elizabeth Gehrman -- will appear in the Globe Magazine on Sunday, December 14. (And scroll down for additional great pictures that we couldn’t fit in the print magazine.)-- By Francis Storrs (21 photos total)

Massive fire in downtown Los Angeles

The huge fire shut down parts of two major freeways early Monday morning.-- By Thea Breite (14 photos total)

Affordable housing crisis in Brazil

Affordable housing in Rio de Janeiro is in high demand for the city of twelve million. The city is dealing with a housing crisis daily, with about 220,000 people without a proper place to live. With the Olympics coming in 2016, real estate has become too expensive for many. Recently, several hundred squatters were evicted from a housing complex and forced to live back in the slums.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (26 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, November 2014

Hong Kong protesters and police clash

Pro-democracy protesters tried to surround the government headquarters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. After failing to shut down the government, pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong announced that he and two other members of his group will go on a hunger strike until the city’s chief executive restarts dialogue on electoral reform.-- By Thea Breite (12 photos total)

Strike up the band

Over the decades, marching bands at Boston’s public high schools slowly died out, a victim of dwindling resources and interest. On Thanksgiving Day, the English High Marching Band band will revive that tradition.-- By Lloyd Young (17 photos total)

Reaction to the Ferguson decision

Life during the battle of Kobani

The Syrian town of Kobani has been under attack by Islamic State militants since September. As the Kurdish fighters defend their city, displaced residents are forced to live in camps across the border into Turkey.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (35 photos total)

Snow buries area in upstate New York

More than 6 feet of lake-effect snow was dumped in the Buffalo, N.Y., area over the last few days with reports of more on the way. Storms closed a 100-mile plus section of the New York State Thruway, and the US National Guard has been called in to help dig out.-- By Lloyd Young (22 photos total)


A portrait often pauses events and allows viewers to look into the eyes of the participants. Candid moments are usually how stories are told, but sometimes the interaction between photographer and subject tells its own story. Like a movie character who breaks the fourth wall, a portrait can arrest our gaze when we’re otherwise focused on narrative, forcing us to consider an individual. Collected here is a celebration of that special genre of photojournalism, the portrait.-- By Lane Turner (30 photos total)

The Natural World: November weather

November can bring a variety of changes in the weather to many different regions. Among the long shadows of autumn, cold temperatures, winds and snow begin the transition to winter in the northern hemisphere.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (24 photos total)

Veterans Day 2014

United States veterans who have served in the armed forces were honored during Veterans Day events yesterday. It coincided with other countries marking Armistice Day or Remembrance day (Poppy Day), when in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the armistice between the allied nations and Germany in 1918 effectively ended World War I.-- By Lloyd Young (28 photos total)


Some of the best photographs in color make no attempt to utilize the entire available palette. A splash of just one hue can crystalize a moment or a mood in a way that a full spectrum often cannot. Sometimes black and white photography simplifies a chaotic world, stripping away distractions to focus on the subjects at hand. This isn’t necessarily true all the time, and there are many reasons for creating images in black and white. The monochrome image as well gives photographers that same distillation of intent that black and white can achieve, and still allows for the vibrant saturation of real life. Collected here are images that celebrate the primarily monochrome vision.-- By Lane Turner (33 photos total)

Art in public spaces

Art in public spaces enriches our lives in various ways, in many places. It can send important messages to the community, make people more aware the environment, and let them see it in a different way. Here is an homage to the artists who create for all to see, and to the photographers who captured it.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (41 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, October 2014

The death of former mayor Thomas M. Menino, politicians on the campaign trail, the last day of racing at Suffolk Downs, and more of last month’s best images from the Globe staff.-- By Lloyd Young (24 photos total)

Election 2014

Hawaiian volcano lava flow slows, but remains active

Lava from the Kilauea volcano has stalled but Hawaiian authorities say there is still an active threat. There are now active breakouts behind the leading edge, causing a widening of the flow. Lava has been pouring from the volcano since June 27th. So far it has crossed one road, toppled trees and burned a shed and vegetation, but has not yet touched any homes.-- By Thea Breite (24 photos total)

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, 1942-2014

Boston’s longest serving mayor dies at 71. (35 photos total)

Seeing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an international effort to focus attention on the disease, which affects both women and men. The color pink can be seen worn by professional athletes, runners raising funds for charity, and monuments lit up in the color.-- By Lloyd Young (20 photos total)

Times Square

Opinions vary on the transformation of Times Square from seedy to touristy, but the changes seen in the last decade were not the first, nor will they be the last, to the so-called crossroads of the world. Perhaps the tourist-friendly metamorphosis was inevitable given the onslaught: Times Square is arguably the most visited place on the planet. Though counting unticketed crowds must be an inexact science, by most measures the intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street and the surrounding neighborhood is at or near the top of any destinations list. Crowds of half a million or more for popular events are not unheard of, and daily visits to the square run to around a third of a million. Once the heart of New York’s carriage industry, the area has changed with the city, but is always a character itself in the drama of unfolding life in Manhattan.-- By Lane Turner (31 photos total)

The National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest

The National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest deadline is approaching. It is Oct. 31. Here is a selection of entries that will be judged in three categories: people, places and nature. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. For all of the photos in the contest, visit (10 photos total)

Pokot archers of Kenya

Most boys of the Pokot tribe in Alale, Kenya, are unable to attend school due to their daily duty of cattle herding and their role as “warriors” to protect against cattle rustlers of the neighboring Turkana tribe. Dinah Hellen Chebitwey, a 52-year-old early childhood education officer, teaches Pokot boys the game of archery in an attempt to transform their skills into a means of peace-building. Chebitwey hopes to engage her counterpart in Turkana to create a program where boys from two rival communities can compete in the game of archery to deepen exchanges and learn to embrace peace.-- By European Pressphoto Agency (16 photos total)

The Red Sox: Slivers of light at Fenway Park

There were more shadows than light at Fenway Park this year. Although the World Champion Red Sox finished dead last this year, nearly 3 million fans watched them play. More than 230,000 more visitors went on Fenway Park tours since the Red Sox popped champagne last October. Asked if more people come to see Fenway than see the Red Sox this year, Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz who lost the last game of the season against Derek Jeter and the Yankees smiled. “The ballpark probably,” said the Texas native. “There’s a lot of people who travel to New England because there’s a lot of history here and Fenway is one of those places that’s got a lot of history. Most everybody I talk to wants to see Fenway, not me pitch.” Because there were few highlights this season we take a last look at the slivers of light, patterns and people that make Fenway a special place. Meanwhile, game 1 of the World Series begins Tuesday, with the San Francisco Giants playing the Kansas City Royals.-- By Stan Grossfeld (18 photos total)

Autumn Colors 2014

Before cold temperatures arrive, nature treats us to a world of vibrant hues.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (21 photos total)

Left behind: Mourning the missing of Flight MH370

Seven months on, loved ones of passengers on a missing Malaysian airliner derive what comfort they can going forward from what’s left behind. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, with 239 mostly Chinese people on board, disappeared on March 8 about an hour into a routine journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in the world’s greatest aviation mystery. More than two dozen countries have been involved in the air, sea and underwater search for the Boeing 777 but months of sorties failed to turn up any trace - even after narrowing the search area to the southern Indian Ocean - long after batteries on the black box voice and data recorders had gone flat.-- By Reuters (12 photos total)

Fairs around the world

All across the world, seasonal fairs are held to celebrate harvest, holidays and trade. People of all ages come out to explore, learn, and catch a thrill on rides.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (28 photos total)

Living with Ebola in West Africa

The World Health Organization estimates that the Ebola virus has killed more than 3,400 people in West African countries and infected twice as many since the recent outbreak began. The World Bank estimates the economic impact of Ebola will exceed $32 billion by the end of next year. This collection of images shows the effects of the epidemic over the the last month in Africa.-- By Lloyd Young (25 photos total)

Observing rituals of faith

Across the Middle East and the world this week, preparations have been made for major holidays of different faiths. As Hajj culminates, the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha is celebrated this weekend. Yom Kippur completes the period of High Holy Days for the Jewish community.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (20 photos total)

Asian Games 2014

The games are well underway in Incheon, South Korea, with athletes from 45 nations competing in more events and sports -- such as kabaddi, wushu, and sepak takraw -- than at the Summer Olympics. The event wraps up with closing ceremonies on Oct. 4.-- By Lloyd Young (25 photos total)

The Eiffel Tower gets a new glass floor

The millions of tourists who flock to the Eiffel Tower will be treated to a new glass floor, creating a sensation of walking on air nearly 200 feet above ground. The $37.5 million reconstruction is likely to become a prime location for “selfies,” with the first visitors spending time on the floor turning their phones towards themselves and the glass floor below.-- By Thea Breite (16 photos total)

Daily Life: September 2014

For this edition of our look at daily life we share images from China, India, Iraq, Nepal, United States and other countries from around the world.-- By Lloyd Young (23 photos total)
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