When a disaster like Hurricane Sandy strikes, it can be difficult for magazines and other news organizations to know exactly how to handle it. But every once in a while a perfect picture comes along, and it becomes a no-brainer to put it on the cover. That’s definitely the case with this iconic photograph (seen above) on the cover of New York.
Here’s an excerpt from the issue’s ‘note from the editor’:
“The easiest part of a harried three days came Friday around noon, when we met to settle on the cover. A photograph taken by Iwan Baan on Wednesday night, showing the Island of Manhattan, half aglow and half in dark, was the clear choice, for the way it fit with the bigger story we have tried to tell here about a powerful city rendered powerless. We crammed back into the conference room, raced to finish our pages, and hoped, like other New Yorkers, that everyone would find the lights on when they got home.”
I’d say that’s the perfect way to describe this perfect picture. Wouldn’t you agree?