vol. 23 no. 155, Jan. 1-8, 2009

Were it not for the fine work of our regular contributing photographers David Bazemore, Jen Villa, Dwight McCann, Larry Mills, Tony Mastres, Leslie Holtzman, Michelle Wong, John Goodman, and our wildlife correspondent extraordinaire Ray Ford, Independent 2008 could not have been the visual success it was. And through this year’s annual Year in Pictures issue, you’ll understand why.

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