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December 31, 2008


As we mark the end of 2008 and our first three months online, I want to thank all the photographers who have created the more than 100 exhibits now on SocialDocumentary.net. SDN's overarching goal has always been to provide a platform for people around the world to learn about the world through documentary photography, and with this newfound knowledge, work to make the world a more aware, just, and humane place.

One of our founding premises is that there are photographers the world over doing important work that often does not get the exposure it deserves, mainly because of the limited resources of the media, galleries, and publishing industries. SDN provides a means for this work to be seen and learned from.

It is a great privilege to feature here the Best of 2008 submitted to SDN. It was a difficult decision given all the great work we've received but we selected these 15 exhibits for their exceptional quality in both the photography and the context presented through the writing. I hope you appreciate them as much as we have.

I wish you all a very happy, rewarding, and exciting new year.

Glenn Ruga
SDN Founder

PS. Please tell your friends and colleagues about SocialDocumentary.net!

About SocialDocumentary.net
SocialDocumentary.net is a new website for photographers, NGOs, journalists, editors, and students to create and explore documentary websites investigating critical issues facing the world today. Recent exhibits have explored homelessness in Los Angeles, gang violence in Baltimore, indigenous Belize, poverty in Mexico, and life in Cuba. Click here to view all of the exhibits.