Last year, when we reached this culminating point in my favorite photographs list, I found that I could not escape the immediate and haunting images of Syrian refugees and in particular of Nilufer Demir Aylan’s Story showing a police officer cradling the lifeless body of the drowned child. When I first saw that picture everyone said that it would prove to be a “game changer.” I doubted it at the time and have not been proven wrong.
So now twelve months later we find ourselves on “that sad height.” We are haunted once again, this time by
I do not know the answer to the problems which cause such tragedies or the solution to global impotence. I only know that there will be more such photographs. The New Year will usher in its own iconic photographs of misery. I only know that the world could benefit from more empathy and acts of human kindness.