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Monday, December 21, 2009

Seattle Times Pictures of the Year 2009

Oct. 22: Naveed Haq, who went on a shooting spree at the Jewish Federation in the summer of 2006, stares into the camera on the first day of his second trial. I had covered Haq on the day a mistrial in his case was declared in 2008. I remember feeling a bit surprised that Haq hadn't really aged between the two trials, still showed no emotion and kept delivering the same visual mystery to the public — the vacant stare that begs the same question: Is he insane?

"I consider March 26, 1982, my first day as a news photographer. I was 19, working for my high-school newspaper covering the groundbreaking of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in my hometown of Washington, D.C. I found myself shoulder to shoulder with some of the best photographers in the business. I was granted access to the press area simply because I acted like I was supposed to be there. The most amazing part of the experience was the access. We were in front. I couldn't believe the camera alone gave me the ability to be so close to history. Almost 28 years later I keep working because I still have access. At least that's the way the First Amendment is supposed to work." — Ken Lambert