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Image & likeness.

"Show, don't tell," editors often tell writers who put too much commentary in their reporting. That's not a problem with photographers, though, and one reason why their work is so compelling.

Over the years U.S. CATHOLIC has featured powerful images from all over the world that show the church's story more powerfully than words could ever tell. Though the magazine began full-color production in 1999, some of its most compelling photography remains black and white.

Included here are snapshots of some of U.S. CATHOLIC'S best photo stories. The strength they share is the ability to portray the range of human emotion in startlingly simple stills.

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The photographs of Ed Lettau (d. 1989) were once fixtures in U.S. CATHOLIC; his photo-essays often appeared several times a year. His November 1966 story (facing page), "The Missionary Church: Claretians in Guatemala" covered the first foreign mission of the Eastern Province of the Claretians, who sponsor U.S. CATHOLIC.

The work of Paul Conklin (d. 2003), a regular contributor from the 1960s to the '90s, often highlighted the native peoples of North America. His November 1990 "Be still and know that I am God" (left and above), however, chronicled the daily life of the Sisters of Santa Rita Abbey in Sonoita, Arizona.

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Martin Lueders is probably the closest thing U.S. CATHOLIC has to a foreign correspondent, sending images from Liberia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and, here (above and right), Sierra Leone. December 1999's "Babes in arms," with text by former U.S. CATHOLIC managing editor Heidi Schlumpf, catalogued in words and images the difficult physical and emotional recovery of children forced to fight in Sierra Leone's brutal civil war.

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An epidemic of gun violence among youth in U.S. CATHOLIC'S home city of Chicago led associate editor Megan Sweas to join with Chicago photographer Carlos Javier Ortiz to produce July 2009's award-winning "Under the gun." Ortiz's photographs reveal not only grief and anger but the coming together of communities to confront a threat to their most vulnerable members.

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