The Why Behind the NY Times’ Year in Pictures

James Estrin put together an interview with The New York Times’ Meagan Looram and Jeffrey Scales, the photo editors who selected this year’s Year in Pictures.

Q: What is a Pictures of the Year photo? How do you define that?

Jeffrey: A masterfully crafted photograph. Use of frame, focus choices, compelling drama, the things that define great photography. Photojournalism, specifically.

Meaghan: There is a lot of variety in the collection, so it’s hard to isolate exactly what that iconic picture is. But it really needs to stand alone rather than in the context of some greater story or presentation.

There are other good nuggets in there as we all start looking towards the stories we will show in 2016. The final collection of images is broken down month by month, worth spending time on.