The best AP photos in 2022: planet in full swing

Taken together, they can convey the sense of a world in turmoil: 150 Associated Press photos taken throughout 2022, showing the fragments that make up our lives, freezing in time the moments that somehow seem to pass the most. faster than ever.

A man salvages items from a shop in Ukraine that catches fire after an attack by invading Russian forces. People crowded into the Sri Lankan president’s residence after protesters stormed it, demanding his resignation. Medical workers trying to identify the victims of a bridge collapse in India. Flames engulf a chair inside a burning house as wildfires rage through Mariposa County, California.

As the story unfolded in 2022 and the world lurched along – or sometimes it seemed in other directions – The Associated Press photographers were there to rescue unforgettable images. Through his lenses, across moments and months, the presence of chaos can seem more enveloping than ever.

A year’s worth of news footage can also be explanatory. To see these photographs is to channel, at least a little, the confusing nature of the events that come to us, whether we are participating in them or, more likely, observing them from afar. Thus, these 150 front-row seats to history and life translate into a message: while the world may erupt into disorder, the hum of everyday life in all its beauty continues to unfold in every corner of the planet.

There is pain: Three heart-shaped balloons fly at the place where the 19 children and two teachers who were killed by a gunman at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, are remembered.

There is Determination: Migrants in a wooden boat floating through the Mediterranean Sea south of an Italian island, trying to reach their destination.

There is fear: A man looks up at the sky over his shoulder, a look of fear on his face, as he walks past houses damaged by a rocket attack in Ukraine.

Calamity looms: Villagers gather in northern Kenya, in an area plagued by climate change-induced drought.

There is perseverance: A girl uses a kerosene oil lamp to attend online classes during a blackout in the Sri Lankan capital.

However, one must not be clouded by violence and disorder, which can overshadow other things, although perhaps they should not. Because here, too, there are photos of joy and exuberance, or simply of everyday human life.

A skier soaring through the air in Austria, conquering gravity for a fleeting moment. Chris Martin of the band Coldplay, singing while looking at the sky in Rio de Janeiro. A lone guard marching past Buckingham Palace days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. An 8-year-old Afghan girl, eyes locked on the camera, poses for a photo of herself in her classroom in Kabul, days after a bomb attack on her school. Women taking a selfie at a ski resort in Lesotho.

Finally, let us allow ourselves one of those pauses in the march of humanity, to see a child getting wet in a public fountain in Vilnius, Lithuania, in the middle of a heat wave, delighting in the water, the sun and the simple fact of existing. Even in the midst of a year of chaos on a hectic planet, moments of tranquility can be glimpsed.

By Ted Anthony, HPD Journalist for America’s Information

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