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Globe photographers share the stories behind what went into making the year’s best photos, as selected by the editors of the Globe Magazine and photo department.

August 19 / Boston — I was assigned to cover what was called the “Free Speech” rally on Boston Common. They were expecting to have Nazi sympathizers speaking. It was a week after Charlottesville; we were on edge. All eyes were on Boston. It was scary. The rally spilled into Downtown Crossing. Some protesters were trying to antagonize police. One pushed an officer against his motorcycle. There was a chase; the police officer was running full speed, tackled the guy, and threw him on the ground. This isn’t police brutality, just a show of force. You have to give them credit for showing restraint that day. They took a lot of abuse. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff )

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