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Throughout 2012, TIME’s unparalleled photojournalists were there. At a time when so much hangs in the balance, bearing witness can be the most essential act — and that’s what we do."
Two of Stephen Wilkes photographs of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy are among the best of Time's commissioned photojournalism from 2012:
Stephen Wilkes for TIME
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