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Patrick Traylor

It’s hard to pin down where John Francis Peters might be at any given time. Upstate New York, China, Mexico… and that was just last year. “Travel has been a big part of my life since childhood and engrained in my experience as a photographer,” recalls Peters. “Part of my focus on photography as a [...]

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Miss Universe Leila Lopes
From left, Miss Universe Leila Lopes, Miss Teen USA Danielle Doty and Miss USA Alyssa Campanella at the 57th Viennese Opera Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria’s grand ballroom Feb. 3. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

A model waited for last-minute wardrobe alterations backstage before the start of the Juan Carlos Obando Spring 2012 collection show at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery on West 26th Street in Manhattan Thursday. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal )

New York Police Officer Kevin Brannan was released from Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan Friday, 10 days after being shot in the head in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Wearing a New York Giants jersey, he was accompanied by his wife and greeted by a crowd of police officers. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

Actress Kristin Chenoweth
Actress Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth stole a kiss Monday from Sesame Street’s Elmo at the Drama League of New York’s annual benefit gala at the Pierre hotel. (Amy Sussman for The Wall Street Journal )

Museum of Chocolate Art
The pop-up SoHo gallery Museum of Chocolate Art—open to the public through the weekend—chronicles the ‘Life in Milk Chocolate’ of Ms. Brown, the Mars Chocolate company’s brown M&M character. This 300-pound chocolate sculpture is among the items on display. (Amy Sussman for The Wall Street Journal)

Seared diver scallops
Seared diver scallops with a cauliflower purée at North End Grill, 104 North End Ave. in Manhattan. (Julie Glassberg for The Wall Street Journal)

FAMnyc team member Travis McMichael
FAMnyc team member Travis McMichael moved a piece of art at the Essex Street Market last Friday, in preparation for the group’s Exquisite Corpse project, which opened Thursday. (Related article: Bringing a Corpse to Life) (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

Jackson Heights
This disputed pedestrian plaza in Jackson Heights spans 37th Road between 73rd and 74th streets. For local merchants, the emptiness symbolizes the state of their affairs since the plaza’s creation in September. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

Joy White left Manhattan Federal Court after a hearing in which Ann Pettway pleaded guilty to stealing Ms. White’s infant daughter, Carlina, from a Harlem hospital 24 years ago. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

stinky cheese
The second course of the stinky cheese meal prepared by Chef Andy D’Amico, below, at Marseille on West 44th Street: a creamy polenta with Taleggio, porcini cream, sage and a sunny-side up pullet egg. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

Young Giants fans crowded a window on Broadway Tuesday to watch the Manhattan parade celebrating the Giants’ Super Bowl victory. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

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Civilian volunteers carry relief goods as they cross a damaged road destroyed at the height of the powerful earthquake in Guihulngan town, Negros Oriental province, central Philippines on February 9, 2012. Survivors of a deadly quake in the Philippines begged rescuers February 8 to keep searching for dozens of people buried in landslides, but officials [...]

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CAIRO CLASHES: A demonstrator carried a wounded man to safety during clashes with police outside Cairo’s security headquarters Monday. (Marco Longari/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

GRIDLOCKED: New York Giants player Justin Tuck tackled New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday. The Giants captured the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl championship with a 21-17 victory. (Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

POOR IN BANGLADESH: A woman retrieved her belongings after police demolished a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday. More than 100 families living in shanties built up on Gulshan-Banani Lake were evicted. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters)

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE: Zanna Bateman of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery readied herself before departing for a 41-gun salute in London’s Hyde Park Monday to mark the 60 anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne at age 25. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

ENCASED: Ice covered a car at a boardwalk near Lake Geneva in Geneva Monday. Overwhelmed by deep snow and harsh temperatures, some countries in Europe closed schools and struggled to run transit systems amid the deadly cold snap. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/European Pressphoto Agency)

BRAZEN BANK ATTACK: An investigator gathered evidence at a NatWest Bank in Bingham, England, Monday. Police said thieves used a tractor to pull an ATM from the wall. (Mike Egerton//PA Photos/ABACA)

OFFICER HURT: A police officer was hit in the face with a rubber bullet fired by an army soldier during protests in Salvador, Brazil, Monday. Hundreds of police officers are striking for higher wages, unleashing a rash of looting and a spike in the murder rate in their absence. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

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Pedestrians stopped to watch a reporter at work Feb. 1 as Luis Ortiz, accused in the shooting of NYPD Officer Kevin Brennan, was led out of the 90th Precinct station in Brooklyn after being charged with attempted murder of a police officer. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

Aaron Bloom, of Aaron’s Roaming Reptiles, posed for a photo Feb. 1 while delivering an American alligator to an exhibit at Chelsea Market to advertise the premiere of the third season of the History Channel show ‘Swamp People.’ (Andrew Burton for The Wall Street Journal)

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly attended a memorial service on Jan. 27 for two officers killed 40 years ago, outside of the 9th Precinct in the East Village. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan
Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan celebrated mass with parishioners and clergy of the now-shuttered St. Augustine parish in a service at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in the Bronx Jan. 29. The parish also held the final mass in its longtime home at 1183 Franklin Ave. on Jan. 29. (Karsten Moran for The Wall Street Journal )

Chicken shumai
Chicken shumai with gingered tomato sauce and parmesan at The Hurricane Club, a pan-Asian restaurant at 360 Park Ave. at 26th Street. (Agaton Strom for The Wall Street Journal )

Director and screenwriter Amos Poe
Director and screenwriter Amos Poe in Battery Park, where his 1978 film ‘The Foreigner’ has its climax. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)

James Houghton
James Houghton, the artistic director of Signature Theatre, stood in one of the three new theaters designed by Frank Gehry. (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal)

David H. Koch Theater
The David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

Mini arancini
Mini arancini, rice balls stuffed with ham and mozzarella, at Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe in Park Slope, Brooklyn. (Agaton Strom for The Wall Street Journal)

Four New York Giants fans
Four New York Giants fans protested in front of Michael’s restaurant in Midtown Manhattan Feb. 1 during a VIP-only party to celebrate the Giants’ upcoming Super Bowl appearance. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

A taxi
A taxi drove through the intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street on Jan. 31. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

Server Rebecca Schroder
Server Rebecca Schroder carried a tray of drinks at Jacob’s Pickles, a bar on the Upper West Side that specializes in regional beers and spirits, as well as house-made pickles and biscuits. (Agaton Strom for The Wall Street Journal)

Girls sat in a sunny spot outside of the Guggenheim museum on the afternoon of Jan. 30. (Emily Berl for The Wall Street Journal)

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? Wilfred Spencer polished the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Friday before a news conference for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. The championship game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots will be played Sunday. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

OFF THE RAILS: A rescuer searched a car of a derailed passenger train for casualties after an accident at Sathi Sarapa village, near Gauhati, India, Friday. A railway official said the train hit a bulldozer at an unmanned crossing in the northeastern Indian state. (Anupam Nath/Associated Press)

HAIR CARE: A man dusted mannequins displaying wigs in a hair and beauty store Thursday in London. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

WINTER STORM: Snow covered a car after an overnight snowstorm in Aurora, Colo., on Friday. A powerful winter storm swept eastward across Colorado on Friday, bringing blizzard warnings to eastern Colorado and western Kansas. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post/Associated Press)

BUNDLED UP: A woman wore heavy winter clothes as she tried to sell cigarettes to passersby in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday. The death toll from the cold spell reached 101 in Ukraine, where temperatures plummeted to below minus 30 degrees Celsius. (Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA)

POLAR PLUNGE: Members of a local winter swimming club warmed up before taking a swim on the bank of the Yenisei River near the town of Divnogorsk, Siberia, on Friday. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

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During his 38 years of snapping elegant, action-packed baseball pictures, Charles Conlon was the singular figure who captured the early years of modern baseball; from 1904 to 1942, he was the sport’s de facto official photographer. And with the recent release of The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photographs, some freshly discovered shots are being added to the Conlon canon. The compendium, published by Abrams Books in September, is a fitting follow up to Baseball’s Golden Age, Conlon’s 1993 book of the photographer’s images, which was also being re-released last month.

Conlon wasn’t raised with a camera in his hand. At the turn of the century, he was a newspaper proofreader, toiling for the New York Evening Telegram. That paper’s sports editor, John Foster, was also the assistant editor of the annual Spalding Baseball Guide. This book was not only a promotional publication for the sporting goods company, but, in the words of famed New Yorker baseball writer Roger Angell, “indispensable to any true fan.” As Angell writes in the foreward to Baseball’s Golden Age, “these pocket-size baseball compendiums contained the most up-to-date rules of the game, complete statistics and detailed summaries of the previous season, scheduling for the upcoming season, essays, editorials, and hundreds of photographs.”

Foster knew Conlon had a hobby: photography. So he asked Conlon if he’d put it to use, in his spare time, for the Guide. Over the next four decades, Conlon took some of the most iconic shots in baseball history. An unforgettable close-up of Babe Ruth, a young DiMaggio taking a swing, and Ty Cobb sliding into third base — his teeth-clenched, dirt flying in the air — are among his greatest hits.

It’s memorable images like these that appear in The Big Show, which features a surprising shot of Ruth in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform – he was a coach for the team in 1938. Elsewhere, the 1917 Philadelphia Athletics are seen taking military instruction—the American League president wanted to show that his teams were taking part in the war effort, and portraits of Hall of Famers DiMaggio, Christy Mathewson, Connie Mack, Phil Rizzuto, Walter Johnson, Tris Speaker and Lou Gehrig are also included in this collection.

While Conlon loved the ballpark, his gig was risky. “Aside from countless narrow escapes, I was seriously injured twice,” he says in the ’93 book. “On one occasion, less than half an hour after I had assisted in caring for a brother photographer who was hit in the head by a batted ball, a vicious line drive down the first base line caught me just above the ankle, and I was unable to walk for a couple of weeks.” A second baseman for the New York Giants, Larry Doyle, had a habit of tossing his bat, which sent the shutterbugs ducking. “[Giants manager John] McGraw saw me get a close shave on day from a Doyle bat,” Conlon said, “and ordered Larry to tie the stick to his wrist with a thong.”

Sean Gregory is a staff writer at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @seanmgregory.

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Seven weeks ago, a labor dispute threatened to push the NFL season to the sidelines. Instead, the goliaths of gridiron made a glorious return this past week, from the last-second goalstand by the Super Bowl champs Green Bay Packers to Tom Brady’s second-to-no-other-Patriot’s 517 yards passing. The games also paused to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks. Though the season is just one week old, fans across the globe are hoping their teams will play in the grand finale next Feb. 5, held for the first time in Indianapolis. -- Lloyd Young
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Miami Dolphins Brandon Marshall (19) dives over New England Patriots Devin McCourty after catching a pass during the third quarter of their NFL football game in Miami Sept. 12. Hans Deryk/Reuters)

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