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ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Seattle Times Pictures of the Year 2009

Nov. 7: The remains of slain Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton are carried by his brother, Matthew Brenton, at the conclusion of the officer's memorial service in KeyArena. Officer Brenton, 39, was shot and killed as he sat in his patrol car with a student officer Halloween night. Thousands attended the public memorial with police officers from throughout the country and Canada attending.

"Photography is my ticket to the world. I make pictures to explore and to report visually — and be the eyes for others. The camera provides a deeper and more intense experience for me. It is a magnifier not a barrier.Luckily, I attended the University of Missouri, where a storied photography program was in place. A chance encounter with a professor from the School of Journalism led to a change of direction — and I was never going to get a Ph.D in philosophy." — Alan Berner