In August, Scott Olson’s photo of a defiant, kneeling man, captured the all the complexity and emotion of the tragedy in Ferguson. TIME featured a vertical crop on their cover.
Artist Eric Drooker credited Olson as the inspiration for an oil painting used as a New Yorker cover in the same week.
This week in Ferguson, MO, a grand jury decided against indicting Officer Darren Wilson. A wave of protests ensued, and Getty photographer Justin Sullivan captured this incredible silhouette of a man with his hands up rimmed by the light of cop cars.
As protests turned to rioting and destruction of property, St. Louis-based Whitney Curtis captured a gesture of defiance and victory against a burning backdrop.
Between the vitriol and tragedy of Ferguson, one thing is clear: the photography from this seminal moment in American history have been some of the best reportage of the new millenium.