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A look back at 2003 in photos
do you sum up year in 15 photographs? In a year dominated by
budget battles and bookended by teen tragedy, it's no easy task.
The year lurched out of the starting gate with
the hit-and-run death of 6-year-old Amy Malzbender by Paly
senior Megan Coughran.
The afterimage is indelible: a sea of candle-bearing children
at a nighttime vigil for their fallen friend -- some seeking
consolation, others searching for meaning.
The year was full
of drama from the school district's battle against budget cuts
to the City Council's inability to get along.
The Weekly's photographer illustrated
the latter situation by turning her camera away from sniping council members
and toward City Manager Frank Benest.
But the best photos don't always correspond
to the biggest headlines -- the awkward feet of a young couple
at a middle school dance; a family caring for its sick
child; a milkman on his delivery route; a late-night deejay's dog lounging in
the radio station control room, and statuesque windsurfers toting their sailboards
to bay waters -- these images illuminate the spectacular in the mundane.
photographers shot 2,872 photos for the paper this year. Actually,
they shot far more than that, -- these are the ones they turned in to the editors.
Flipping through the pages of 2003, the best 100 images surfaced quickly. Editing
those down to 25 took an afternoon of anguish and several cups of coffee. Halving
that again was just cruel. So, the answer to the question is this: you don't
sum up a year in 15 photographs, you just try to pick the best ones.