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LightBox 365: A Year in Photographs 2011

LightBox has compiled this yearbook for 2011, literally picking a photo for each day of this astonishing year. It is a remarkable memorial to its high and low points, to agony and to exhilaration. But let the pictures speak for themselves.
Diana Yates
Diana Yates • 2 years ago

A worker stands next to coffins of victims of landslides at a cemetery in Nova Friburgo. Nearly four days after rains sparked floods and massive landslides, officials in the Brazilian town of Teresopolis were still struggling to cope with the catastrophe that killed at least 564 people in the region north of Rio de Janeiro.

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January 22, 2011. A couple sit near the debris left by landslides and floods in the municipality of Nova Friburgo, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Christ overlooking Rio. One of the new seven wonders of the world.

Confederate cemetery. Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Sisters 1900 - the seated girl is either deceased or near death with illness. The standing sister is holding her hand up, not holding hands with her.

portrait of a young woman, c. 1856-1900. Possibly an after-death portrait? Photography was a new thing with the Victorian era. So taking photos of the dead, as a memento of them, became quite a thing. And the more times I look at this, the more I think that neutral, confidant air and posture is the result of the girl being a corpse.

Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, one of the most beautiful cemeteries. Cats everywhere.