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The New York Times Lens Blog: Pictured – A World At 7 Billion

Pictured: A World at 7 Billion
The New York Times Lens Blog
December 7, 2011, 5:00 am
By KERRI MACDONALD

Here it is: A visual time capsule, capturing our world at seven billion people — and counting. Below, you’ll find a virtual quilt that weaves together about 400 of the more than 1,000 photographs we received. There is little rhyme or reason to the order you see. We sought a mega-snapshot of our world — different regions, subjects, viewpoints.

There is a serendipitous beauty in the chaos.

What will these photos tell the future generation — including some of the newborns who were photographed by Lynsey Addario on Oct. 31 — about our world? Explore the gallery using the search box just below this text. Browse by name, location, or — if you want to get creative — randomly, by word. One of our most successful searches was “hope,” which brings together the optimism we found in so many pictures.

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View my image, “A Dissident Remarries,” featured as #3 of 390 images submitted by photographers working with The New York Times and readers.