The death of journalism has been greatly exaggerated. As we embark on a new year, the role of journalist—and photojournalist—will be as important as ever. Part of the reason is documentation, and The New York Times has gathered proof of how important, moving, heartbreaking, and encouraging that can be. This is The Year in Pictures 2016, a photographic trip through the past wild year. Take a look at some of the stunning shots and see the whole collection at NYTimes.com.