Selections from the photographers of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and
Year in Pictures 2017

“If I can’t picture it,” Albert Einstein once said, “I can’t understand it.” The images of 2017 deliver understanding, creating an immediate shorthand of events, explaining how we lived. Our photographers captured the near-weekly demonstrations of people drawing together to both support and protest subjects from President Trump’s policies to women’s rights and police brutality. And they unflinchingly documented the region’s heroin and opioid crisis that did not discriminate when choosing its victims. When we lost sight of the sun, their photos depicted the darkened moments, and when the sun shone on the Eagles’ Carson Wentz and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, our photographers were with them every step of the way. This year we asked each of our photographers to select a favorite image and explain how it stood out among the thousands of shots they took in 2017. Look for Behind the Lens. Overall, it was a year of pain and glory, change and inertia: typical and unique. When you see the photos, you’ll understand.
— Alfred Lubrano