José A. Alvarado Jr.

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TIME’s Top 100 Photos of 2023
Location: New York City, New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: José A. Alvarado Jr. is a Puerto Rican photographer dedicated to documenting class inequality, civic engagement, and contemporary issues in Puerto Rico and New York City. He works primarily in long-form storytelling, using visual imagery... MORE
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TIME’s Top 100 Photos of 2023
josé a. alvarado jr.
Nov 22, 2023
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Honored to have one of my images selected as one of TIME’s Top 100 Photos of 2023
Did you see this photo??
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Follow this exchange with a dynamic discussion, hit repeat, and you have a pretty accurate snapshot of the TIME photo department’s typical Slack conversations. Even though we collectively scroll through thousands of photographs each day, there are still those that stop us in our tracks on a regular basis.

As we draw close to the end of another year punctuated by grief and conflict, but also records broken and breathtaking moments of human achievement, photographers continue to astound us by offering new ways of seeing the world. How incredible it is to think you’ve seen every photo of a president, a protest, a sporting event, only to see it anew through the lens of a storyteller who showed up with the intent to inform and to illuminate the connectedness of humankind.

What has become clear in 2023—a year dominated by the rapid rise of AI imagery—is that photojournalism has become more important than ever. The storytellers who are dedicated to bearing witness to events across the globe in real time are critical in providing lucidity to an otherwise muddled world. As such, the weight of responsibility on them to act ethically, and with the highest level of journalistic integrity, is greater now than perhaps ever in history.

Below is the 2023 Greatest Hits version of “Did you see this photo??”: an unranked collection of 100 of the images that moved us the most. We hope that you’ll take some time to reflect on the year that was, with thoughtfulness, clarity, and wonder.

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for The New Yorker: The Haunted Juror

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for Bloomberg Originals:

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for Bloomberg: Guyana Is Trying to Keep Its Oil Blessing From Becoming a Curse

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for The New York Times: Audit Finds Fatal Lapses in Mental Health Program Meant to Curb Violence

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for The Wall Street Journal: America’s Biggest Bank Is Growing the Old-Fashioned Way: Branches

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for The New York Times: The Young Black Conservative Who Grew Up With, and Rejects, D.E.I.

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York, New York
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for The New York Times: How Rikers Island Became New York’s Largest Mental Institution

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Rikers Island
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for The New York Times: This Venezuelan Family Won Asylum. Days Later, They Lost It.

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for Southern Foodways Alliance: Offsides Fowl

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for Anglers Journal: End of an Era

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for Bloomberg: ‘Market’s Wrong, I’m Not’: Mike Mayo Loves Playing a Provocateur

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York, New York
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for Brooklyn Vegan: Glassjaw celebrated 30 years with career-spanning Brooklyn shows

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for The New York Times: Kendra’s Law Was Meant to Prevent Violence. It Failed Hundreds of Times.

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York, New York
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for The New York Times: A New Push to Improve Mental Health Care for Homeless New Yorkers

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for Bloomberg: The Other Side of Greenwich: Hunger Among the Hedge Funds

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for CULTURED Magazine: At 25, Artist Oscar yi Hou Has Already Had a Solo Museum Show—And Written a Memoir

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Brooklyn, New York City
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for The New York Times: Behind 94 Acts of Shocking Violence, Years of Glaring Mistakes

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
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for The New Yorker: What Will It Take to Win Brooklyn’s First Majority-Asian District?

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York, New York
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for The New York Times: New York Is Rebounding for the Rich. Nearly Everyone Else Is Struggling.

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York, New York
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for The New Yorker: A Journey from Homelessness to a Room of One’s Own

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York, New York
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for The New York Times: His Job Helping Drug Users Is Illegal. He Says He Does It to Save Lives.

José A. Alvarado Jr. / East Harlem
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for NPR: As NYC limits access to migrants and asylum seekers, many are left homeless

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Brooklyn, New York City
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for The New York Times: Vital Places of Refuge in the Bronx, Community Gardens Gain Recognition

José A. Alvarado Jr. / The Bronx, City of New York
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for The New York Times: Her Social Club Isn’t Going Anywhere. Toñita Has No Plans to Quit.

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Williamsburg, Brookyn
TIME’s Top 100 Photos of 2023 by José A. Alvarado Jr.
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