Best Photo Essays 2012 Election

What were the defining events of 2012? There were both disasters (superstorm Sandy, Aurora and Newtown, and unabated fighting around the world) and triumphs (Olympic wins, another Democratic presidential term, and the meteoric rise of the Internet meme). While we strive to be topical, we didn’t cover any of those moments on Co.Design–not even McKayla Maroney’s sourpuss expression from the gymnastics floor, or Mitt Romney’s binders full of women. Which isn’t to say that the images we featured aren’t relevant–in fact, taken together, they reflect how technology is impacting how we capture and comprehend the world.

Two compelling trends emerge. Photoshop, once used to create sleight-of-hand versions of a more perfect reality, is now a tool for creating forthright, alternate realities, in which people have perfectly symmetrical faces and celebrities become ordinary people. In contrast, improved microscopic technology has given us the ability to take a close, in-depth look at everything from Pop Tarts to chicken embryos, enhancing our appreciation and understanding of the complexities of nature’s features that can’t be gleaned with the naked eye.

And speaking of nature, we’ve also highlighted the humane tendency to depict animals as sentient creatures, snapped, in the case of Sharon Montrose, in front of a plain white background as if posing for their portraits. So even though we didn’t catalog this year’s memes, we did serve up some cute. We hope that McKayla’s impressed.BL

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Back to back nor’easter storms slam Massachusetts

MARCH 08, 2018

Two nor’easter storms in the past week have brought snow, power outages and flooding to towns across Massachusetts. (34 photos total)

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Globe staff photos of the month, February 2018

MARCH 01, 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: record temperatures, bringing dental care to Jamaica, retiring Paul Pierce’s Celtic number, a Super Bowl loss, and the start of Red Sox spring training in Florida. (39 photos total)

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Olympic celebrations

FEBRUARY 21, 2018

Capturing the moments when olympic athletes celebrated a win or their performance at the PyeongChang games. (40 photos total)

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142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

FEBRUARY 14, 2018

The annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show returned to New York City this week, with nearly 3,000 canines competing for the top prize of “Best in Show.” (34 photos total)

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South Korea Olympic Games opening ceremony

FEBRUARY 09, 2018

The Olympic torch was finally lit, its flames licking the cold South Korea sky, a fitting and beautiful end to one of the greatest nights of pageantry the sports world has to offer. (33 photos total)

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In rural Jamaica, dentists tend to the poor

FEBRUARY 07, 2018

Over five challenging days, 18 students and faculty from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine set up shop in crossroads towns in Jamaica bringing relief and education to thousands who otherwise would suffer unattended. They performed hundreds of cases of dental triage. Photographs by Jessica Rinaldi read story (17 photos total)

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Super Bowl LII: Patriots vs. Eagles

FEBRUARY 05, 2018

The New England Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. The Eagles win the Lombardi Trophy for the first time. (45 photos total)

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40th anniversary of the Blizzard of ‘78

FEBRUARY 01, 2018

The Blizzard of ‘78 is a storm that will be remembered. The blizzard reached Massachusetts on Feb. 6, 1978, and the snow did not stop falling for 32 hours. When it was over, 73 lives were lost and hundreds of houses destroyed. (33 photos total)

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Globe staff photos of the month, January 2018

JANUARY 31, 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: winter storms, a blue supermoon eclipse, Muslim Lobby Day at the Massachusetts State House, a dairy farm in Shelburne, and the Patriots’ road to Super Bowl LII. (44 photos total)

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