Photograph by Platon for Bloomberg Businessweek

Bloomberg Businessweek's Best Photos of 2012

  1. Apple CEO Tim Cook, by Platon
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    Apple CEO Tim Cook, by Platon

    The 20 extraordinary images selected here represent the very best of this year's photography in Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. From Platon's arresting portrait of Apple CEO Tim Cook to photographs of tin mines in Indonesia and Bahnhof's bunker in Sweden, our photographers have been creating beautiful, surprising and memorable images week after week, all year long. - Brent Murray

    In his most wide-ranging interview since succeeding Steve Jobs, Tim Cook talks about how the company now works, the view that he's "robotic," and the return of Apple manufacturing to the U.S.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Platon for Bloomberg Businessweek
  2. Iraq, by Elliott D. Woods
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    Iraq, by Elliott D. Woods

    By some statistical measures, Iraq today is safer and more stable than it has been in nearly a decade. Iraq, however, is far from fully stable.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Elliott D. Woods for Bloomberg Businessweek
  3. Gazprom, by Alexander Gronsky
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    Gazprom, by Alexander Gronsky

    Gazprom's field at the top of the world. 

    See the slideshow here.

  4. Locavores, by Jake Stangel
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    Locavores, by Jake Stangel

    Cities grapple with urban farmers who slaughter their own meat.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Jake Stangel for Bloomberg Businessweek
  5. Florida Dream House, by Martha Camarillo
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    Florida Dream House, by Martha Camarillo

    David and Jackie Siegel’s 90,000-square-foot Florida dream house, the ultimate in living large, spins a cautionary tale in recession economics.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Martha Camarillo for Bloomberg Businessweek
  6. China's Hospitals, by Daniele Mattioli
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    China's Hospitals, by Daniele Mattioli

    Beijing wants 20  percent of beds in private hands, many foreign, by 2015.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Daniele Mattioli for Bloomberg Businessweek
  7. Bahnhof's Office Bunker, by Lars Tunbjork
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    Bahnhof's Office Bunker, by Lars Tunbjork

    What is part Bond-villain lair, part Space Age greenhouse? The subterranean headquarters of Swedish broadband company Bahnhof.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Lars Tunbjork for Bloomberg Businessweek
  8. Rangoon, by Christopher Wise
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    Rangoon, by Christopher Wise

    Burma's colonial past is everywhere crumbling, being demolished, or eyed for tourist-friendly restoration.

    See the slideshow here.

  9. Gloria Allred, by Brian Finke
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    Gloria Allred, by Brian Finke

    The celebrity attorney strikes fear into the heart of a corporate general counsel. Is she a woman's rights crusader, a cynical profiteer, or both?

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Brian Finke for Bloomberg Businessweek
  10. Rahm Emmanuel, by Thomas Prior
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    Rahm Emmanuel, by Thomas Prior

    Chicago's mayor talks about mass transit, infrastructure investments, and public-private partnerships.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Thomas Prior for Bloomberg Businessweek
  11. Wilbur Ross, by Bruce Gilden
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    Wilbur Ross, by Bruce Gilden

    Troubled financial institution lying on the side of the road? Ross will have a bite—and might even ask for seconds.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Bruce Gilden for Bloomberg Businessweek
  12. Alan Greenspan, by Maciek Jasik
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    Alan Greenspan, by Maciek Jasik

    The former Fed chairman talks about Fed-speak, Ayn Rand, why he gave up his music career, and his legacy.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Maciek Jasik for Bloomberg Businessweek
  13. Eric Holder, by Marcelo Gomes
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    Eric Holder, by Marcelo Gomes

    The U.S. Attorney General talks about the challenges of the job.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Marcelo Gomes for Bloomberg Businessweek
  14. Nouriel Roubini, by Grant Cornett
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    Nouriel Roubini, by Grant Cornett

    A professor at New York University and chairman of a consulting firm that bears his name, Roubini earned the nickname Dr. Doom for predicting hard times before the financial crisis began in 2008. He talks with Peter Coy about his current outlook.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Grant Cornett for Bloomberg Businessweek
  15. Tin Mining Pit, by Kemal Jufri
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    Tin Mining Pit, by Kemal Jufri

    On Indonesia's Bangka Island, tin miners labor under awful conditions for the solder that binds your favorite devices. And the death rate on the job works out to about one a week.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Kemal Jufri for Bloomberg Businessweek
  16. Elon Musk, by Bryce Duffy
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    Elon Musk, by Bryce Duffy

    In unveiling the all-electric Model S sedan from Tesla Motors, entrepreneur Elon Musk capped a 30-day historic run to the International Space Station and back.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Bryce Duffy for Bloomberg Businessweek
  17. Jim Rogers, by Thomas Prior
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    Jim Rogers, by Thomas Prior

    To seal a deal creating the largest U.S. electric utility, Rogers said he'd step down. And he did—for about two hours. Inside the Duke Energy "hijacking."

    Read the story here.

  18. Military Drones, by Bryan Sheffield
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    Military Drones, by Bryan Sheffield

    The president's use of lethal flying robots to fight terrorism has broad support, but the policy—and its long-term effects—are not understood.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Bryan Sheffield for Bloomberg Businessweek
  19. DIY Commune, by Michael Friberg
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    DIY Commune, by Michael Friberg

    One of Peter Thiel's Fellows is now on a farm in Missouri, trying to build tools such as saws and bulldozers from scratch.

    Read the story here.

    Photograph by Michael Friberg for Bloomberg Businessweek
  20. Obama Re-Election Party, by Alex Majoli
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    Obama Re-Election Party, by Alex Majoli

    Bloomberg Businessweek sent photographer Alex Majoli to cover President Obama's election night party at McCormick Place in Chicago.

    See the slideshow here.

    Photograph by Alex Majoli for Bloomberg Businessweek