Photo Essay: In the Moment

Close-ups captured as the world was changing

A close-up look at some of those involved in this year’s dramatic events, from Barack Obama laughing at the correspondents’ dinner—just hours after ordering the raid to get bin Laden—to Raj Rajaratnam leaving court after being found guilty on 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy, to an unidentified woman among the ruins of her town after the Mar. 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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