December 30, 1974 12:00 PM

The power of a photograph to sum up a human being’s essential quality—Joe Namath’s gritty strength or Martha Mitchell’s irrepressibility—was established long ago. But it finds new expression in every issue of PEOPLE, which publishes more pictures than any other weekly magazine. Reprinted on these pages are some revealing glimpses of familiar subjects—favorite photographs not only of the editors but, as the mail showed, of readers too.

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