Pictures of the Year – The New York Times

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Photographers for The New York Times trod around the globe in 2022 to document news, history and everyday life, whether embedded alongside troops on the front lines in Ukraine, chronicling lawmakers in the halls of Congress or reporting from floods and wildfires on several continents.

Near the end of the year, The Times publishes its annual Year in Pictures feature. This edition of The Morning is a tribute to the work of The Times’s photographers.

Millions of people fled Ukraine in the early weeks of Russia’s invasion, seeking refuge in other countries. Desperate families shoved their way onto a train leaving the capital, Kyiv, in early March:

Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman appointed as a Supreme Court justice. Her husband, Patrick Jackson, and her daughter Leila sat behind her on the first day of her Senate confirmation hearings in March:

For years, China’s government had stuck to its zero-Covid strategy of going to extreme lengths to mitigate the virus, before easing restrictions late this year after highly unusual protests. The government had locked down entire cities, erecting security checkpoints and other barriers. In May, a worker locked a fence around a residential area in Shanghai:

Gun violence in the U.S. is a global outlier; firearms kill more Americans than they do people in any comparable nation. In May, 10 Black people were shot to death in a racist massacre at a supermarket in Buffalo. Among the victims was 65-year-old Celestine Chaney, who was buying ingredients for a favorite indulgence, strawberry shortcake. At her funeral, her granddaughter Charon Reed, 24, held her own son:

Ten days after the Buffalo shooting, 19 children and two teachers were shot to death at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. A bullet ripped through a fourth-grade math notebook belonging to one of the victims, 10-year-old Uziyah Garcia:

The Jan. 6 committee used television as a way to achieve maximum impact in June. “This was TV meant to break through, and to matter,” The Times’s chief television critic, James Poniewozik, wrote:

Ukraine’s military surprised most experts by not only staving off defeat but also forcing Russian soldiers to retreat in parts of the country. Here, an artillery unit from Ukraine’s 58th Brigade fired at Russian infantry in August in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine:

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, several state laws changed to further restrict abortion procedures. Catrina Rainey had learned in May that one of the twins she was carrying had a severe birth defect, was unlikely to live past six months outside the womb and could threaten the viability of the other twin. She underwent a termination of the unhealthy fetus to protect the healthy sibling. It was one of the last such procedures performed in Ohio, which outlawed them after the Supreme Court’s ruling. Rainey, James Packwood and their 9-year-old son at home in August, one month before her due date:

Serena Williams said farewell at the U.S. Open in September after announcing she was stepping back from tennis:

Intense heat in Britain, floods in Pakistan, a major winter storm that swept the U.S.: The effects of extreme weather became more common in 2022. In South Korea in September, a survivor was pulled from a flooded underground parking lot:

Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to serve as House speaker, announced in November that she would step down from Democratic leadership after this congressional term:

A mourner waved a pride flag at a candlelit vigil for the victims of the shooting last month at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs that killed five people:

We got a new glimpse of the ancient universe. The James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful space observatory ever built, offered a spectacular view of our nascent cosmos:

See all 139 Pictures of the Year here.

In this year of “revenge travel” — hitting the skies to make up for journeys lost during the pandemic — we want to fly in the worst way. And we are, Bill Saporito writes.

Israel’s restrictions on the movement of Palestinians is hurting their well-being, Yara Asi writes.

Premium seatmate: Should babies be in first class?

Conversion: Some business owners are hoping to turn empty offices into housing.

Advice from Wirecutter: Why a heat pump may be right for your home.

Lives Lived: Daniel Brush worked in jewelry, sculpture and other genres, creating one-of-a-kind pieces and, for the most part, spurning the mainstream art world. He died at 75.

End of an era: Las Vegas is benching longtime quarterback Derek Carr, with the likely endgame being a trade.

Red Sox’s rotation expands: Boston signed two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber.

Commanders’ quarterback: Washington will start Carson Wentz against the Browns on Sunday, returning Taylor Heinicke to the backup role.

While prominent museums like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or the J. Paul Getty Museum help make Los Angeles a global arts center, the city also has hundreds of smaller museums dedicated to an array of topics. Among them: skateboarding, tattoos, automobiles, bunnies, neon, sneakers, aviation, citrus trees and the Salvation Army, The Times’s Adam Nagourney writes.

These niche museums reflect the ethnic, cultural and historical diversity that has come to define Southern California. Many of them have odd hours, barely advertise their existence or are the passion projects of one or two people. They are not trying for mass-market appeal.

“There’s something about the culture of Southern California of drawing creative folk and people who have unique interests that don’t fit elsewhere,” said Todd Lerew, who is preparing a book about the region’s museum landscape.


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