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Memory of the present

Reuters photojournalists continually bear witness to events as they happen across the globe, sending out some 1600 images over our wire every day. The latest edition of our Our World Now series draws upon this unparalleled award-winning resource to document a year in the life of our vibrant, troubled, beautiful planet.

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A U.S. soldier of 2-12 Infantry 4BCT-4ID Task Force Mountain Warrior takes a break during a night mission near Honaker Miracle camp at the Pesh valley of Kunar Province August 12, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Sometimes funny, sometimes devastating, always compelling, the images in Our World Now 3 encompass the drama and diversity of trends and topics that have defined 2009 and offer a glimpse of individual destinies unfolding. In over 350 striking single images and in-depth Witness features, this new book forms a mirror of our times.

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An actress from the Dseu Renaissance de Pikine theater group wearing traditional Toukouleur make-up and chewing a stick toothbrush waits for rehearsal to begin at a local community center at the slum neighborhood of Pikine in Senegal’s capital Dakar, November 7, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly

Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, Vice President of Pictures said of the series “During the past three years Our World Now has become a unique collector’s item, creating an indispensable visual reference at a time when there is less and less photojournalism seen in print.”

Our World Now

Reuters photojournalists are continually bearing witness to events as they happen across the globe. They distribute over half a million pictures each year, pushing the boundaries of what news photography is and can be. Our World Now draws upon this unparalleled resource to document a year in the life of our vibrant, troubled, beautiful planet. In over 350 photographs, this book combines information and emotion to present a vivid mirror of our times. The second volume of this collector’s series is an indispensable visual record of a turbulent year that will be remembered as a turning point of our age.

Our World Now is available in U.S. bookstores. Click here or on the picture above to view a site dedicated to the book.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

MEMORY OF THE PRESENT

I have just received the first copy of the new book Our World Now 2. The title page reads “Executive Picture Editor: Ayperi Karabuda Ecer”. But besides pleasing my parents (my teenage daughter does not care), what does that mean?

On the one hand, everyone at Reuters is an editor. News flows between photographers, regional chiefs, global editors, picture deskers, keyworders and specialist editors. All are absolutely vital to deliver a daily output of some 1,700 images for the international media. My efforts are only in addition to what has already been produced.

On the other hand, within such a rich, global production there is no such thing as one final edit. Working with Reuters imagery is, like the book’s title, opening a window to our world now – it is live and constantly changing.

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