The New York Times Year in Pictures 2015, published online this week, was edited by the deputy photo editor Meaghan Looram and Jeffrey Scales, the photo editor of The Sunday Review.
James Estrin spoke with them about the complex process of choosing the photos. Their conversation has been edited.
How many photos do you look at while choosing the Year in Pictures?
Jeffrey: About 150,000.
Meaghan: Wow, that’s so specific.
Jeffrey: I’ve been asked this question before.
Meaghan: It’s many tens of thousands. We do our best to try to look over everything that has been shot by our staff photographers as well as everything that’s been shot on assignment for us. We’re also searching by wire agency and by topic. For one staff photographer, you’re looking at several thousand images for the year. So it adds up pretty quickly.
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