This (Crazy) Year In Review

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Remember how at the end of 2014, everyone was thanking god that it was over, as if 2015 was going to be better – but it wasn’t. Same with the end of 2013, and 2012, and 2011 as well. Heck, we’ve been in the shitter since the recession of 2008, as things have been progressively getting worse and worse. First the economy, then the environment, now the election. 2016 hugely disappointed the end of all those 2015 hopefuls as it’s going on record as perhaps the craziest year of all-time. So now that we’re nearing the end (of possibly the world), let’s take a look back at this sh*t f*ck sandwich that’s called 2016, a relive some of it’s crazier moments, courtesy of BuzzFeed reporters. Not too worry, we’ve peppered the news with some bright spots, as after all, it’s the good that keeps hope alive. And with that … get your sh*t together 2017!!!
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Hilary Trumped!

“The series on Time was one of the few comprehensive pieces put together that showed the sense of victory that is expected at the end of elections, and also captured the madness and sadness as the results took an unexpected turn. The cadre of talented photographers — Dina Litovsky, Landon Nordeman, Ben Lowy, and Chris Morris — have all been covering the campaigns, and this series felt like an appropriate finale for that chapter of politics.” —Kate Bubacz, BuzzFeed News
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Trump Victory Enrages Americans

“After exercising their right to vote in the election for US president on Tuesday, Americans in several cities took to the streets later in the week to exercise one of their First Amendment rights: the right to peaceably assemble. From these powerful images it’s clear to see that emotions and tensions were running high, and protests often veered from peaceful to explosive. All in all, this series is a clear representation of a democracy in action.” —Laura Geiser, BuzzFeed News
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Women React To Trump Win

“The results of the election were very surprising for many, but for women in particular the victory of Trump felt far more personal. Rozette Rago’s series is powerful, capturing beautiful portraits and the raw emotions of women on Tuesday night as the results were coming in.” —KB
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Finding Forever Homes

“After such an exhausting week of election-induced anxiety, Richard Phibbs’ new book, Rescue Me, is the perfect therapy for putting a smile on your face. The renowned photographer, known mainly for capturing stunning portraits of celebrities, turns his camera to lovable canines in support of the Humane Society of New York. Don’t you feel better already?” —Gabriel H. Sanchez, BuzzFeed News
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California’s Water Crisis

“Mustafa Abdulaziz’s project on water spans the globe, but this tight edit focusing on California is poignant, drawing elegant visual parallels and comparisons between our expectations of water usage and the consequences that those choices can have.” —KB
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Life In A Vegas Brothel

“It’s the world’s oldest profession, and in Las Vegas it’s become quite the lucrative business. In this edition of Vice’s First-Person Shooter, photographer Julian Master ventures into the notorious Sheri’s Ranch brothel to meet the working women of the Las Vegas sex industry.” —GHS
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Body On The Streets Of Paris

“Even without scrolling down, the banner alone is all you need to have a complete emotional response to this photo essay. The slideshow transitions smoothly from an image taken during last year’s shooting in Paris to the present day at exactly the same spot. The message is loud and clear: Life goes on.” —Anna Mendoza, BuzzFeed Australia
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Elton John’s Photo Collection

“Who would have thought Elton John to be a connoisseur of fine art photography? The truth is that he’s an avid collector of great modernist works of photography, the types of pictures that started it all; there was no such thing as ‘art photography’ before many of these pictures were made. Now, the Tate Modern is celebrating the collection in its new show Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection.” —GHS
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Smog Worse Than Smoking

“Smog is the new normal in cities like New Delhi. You don’t even have to pick up smoking as a hobby to get its side effects — all you have to do is breathe. But when air pollution is already to blame for car accidents, this environmental hazard can kill people in more ways than just suffocating their lungs.” —AM
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