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Final Editthe image we rescued from the cutting room floor

Cut It?
"To open the story, we had a choice between this photo and another of a young monk in an electric car," says illustrations editor Elizabeth Krist. "He seems to be enjoying himself as he maneuvers the toy car around the plaza in front of the Potala Palace. The hopeful mood of the image better suited the tone of the article, so we decided to go with it."


Or Keep It?
"To open the story, we had a choice between this poto and another of a young monk in an electric car," says illustrations editor Elizabeth Krist. "He seems to be enjoying himself as he maneuvers the toy car around the plaza in front of the Potala Palace. The hopeful mood of the image better suited the tone of the article, so we decided to go with it."


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Tibetans
A Wing and a Prayer

In the shadow of Lhasas Potala Palace, Potala Palace once seat of Tibetan government and winter home of the Dalai Lama Chinas recent past mingles with Tibets ancient one. The juxtaposition, says illustrations editor Elizabeth Krist, gives this photograph a haunting poignancy. "We needed to get the Potala into the layout early to establish location, because the palace is the most recognizable place in all of Tibet. But this image had too much of a feeling of closure to work early in the layout."

 

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