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THE ARNOLD NEWMAN PRIZE FOR NEW DIRECTIONS IN PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITURE is funded by the Arnold & Augusta Newman Foundation, with support from Maine Media Workshops, the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and PDN. This award recognizes photographers who are creating work in the spirit of Arnold Newman’s legendary portraiture. Congratulations to Sian Davey, who will receive a $15,000 cash prize.

THE MARTY FORSCHER FELLOWSHIP is sponsored by Parsons The New School for Design and PDN. This award recognizes students and emerging professionals and who have outstanding achievements in humanistic photography. Congratulations to professional award winner Dominic Nahr, who will receive a $4,000 cash prize.

THE PDN PUBLISHER’S CHOICE AWARD recognizes exceptional and noteworthy work. Congratulations to this year’s recipient, Nick Brandt, who will be featured in a full-page ad in an upcoming issue of PDN and receive a $3,000 cash award.


THE EPSON PRINTMAKERS AWARD is presented to a photographer who demonstrates excellence in his or her approach to photographic prints. Congratulations to George Steinmetz.

THE SONY EMERGING TALENT AWARD, in partnership with PDN and PHaT Photo, will present Frédéric Lagrange with a $2,500 cash prize and the opportunity to create a photo essay illustrating the theme “Rediscover Your City” with Sony’s PlayMemories apps, which will be showcased at the PDN Photo Annual Party and featured in PDN.

Marcus Smith

Ad Agency: In-house

Global Brand Director: Justin Taylor

Senior Creative Director: Michael Spoljaric

Designer: Darien Birks

Client: Nike

This campaign was created as a refresh of Nike Basketball’s branding, featuring some of its biggest and brightest stars.

Jason Evans

Ad Agency: In-house

Client: Newport Gulls

From a series of advertising and promotional images for the Newport Gulls, a Rhode Island collegiate baseball team.

Jamie Chung

Ad Agency: In-house

Art Directors: Chris Rypkema and Vance Wellenstein

Stylist: Sonia Rentsch

Client: MOMA Store

Rep: Bernstein & Andriulli

MOMA Store products presented sculpturally in a series shot for its catalogs and social media channels.

Maren Caruso

Ad Agency: In-house

Art Director: Zeny Picone

Stylist: Nissa Quanstrom

Client: Google

Rep: DSREPS

An image shot for the Google Partner Rewards program website for Google’s digital advertising agency partners.

Christina Holmes

Ad Agency: In-house

Creative Director: Peter Buchanan-Smith

Art Director: Pablo Delcán

Client: Best Made Company

A series that features Argentine chef Francis Mallmann, shot in Patagonia for Best Made Company’s “#6 Winter 2015” catalog.

Holly Andres

Director of Photography: Sara McDowell

Assistant Photo Editor: Cassidy Turner

Stylist: Connie Berg

Prop and Set Design: Jojo Li

Publication: Refinery29

Client: Saks Fifth Avenue

A still-life shoot featured on Refinery29, as part of a partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, that features fun winter accessories.

Jonathon Kambouris

Ad Agency: In-house

Director of Photography: Dietmar Liz-Lepiorz

Stylist: Linda Keil

Client: Sotheby’s

Commissioned by Sotheby’s, this image featuring Jackson Pollock’s painting “Number 12, 1950” was used to attract the interest of potential collectors.

Malin Fezehai

Ad Agency: HUMAN

Client: The Malala Fund

An image of Hannatu Abbas, an 18-year-old mentor’s assistant at the Centre for Girls’ Education in Zaria, Nigeria. This image was used on The Malala Fund’s website, annual report and Instagram.

RJ Muna

Ad Agency: In-house

Art Director: Brenda Way

Client: ODC

Shot for the ODC Dance Company’s 2015 repertory season, used in all of ODC’s print and digital mediums that promote the brand.

Ture Lillegraven

Ad Agency: In-house

Art Director: David Frank

Client: Nike

A project for Nike with top high school football players.

The Wade Brothers

Ad Agency: BETC London

Creative Director: Simon Morris

Producer: Anthony Borkett

Client: Bacardí

Photographed in Panama and Mexico, these images from a global Bacardí campaign focus on the brand’s famous heritage, and the Bacardí family’s personal history as exiles and Cuban revolutionaries.

Patrick Molnar

Ad Agency: Campbell Ewald

Creative Director: Doug Blanchard

Art Director: Al Hazen

Client: USAA

From a print advertising campaign for USAA that showcases the strength, determination and passion of U.S. military heroes.

Matthew Brush

Ad Agency: 180LA

Creative Directors: Josh DiMarcantonio and Pierre Janneau

Senior Producer: Kristin Mellqvist

Art Director: Marcus Brown

Client: adidas

An image from the “Take It” campaign that features athletes during crucial moments of competition. The images were used globally in various adidas print and digital ads.

RAINA+WILSON

Ad Agency: Grey Worldwide

Art Director: Marissa Mastenbroek

Producer: Terri Vegso

Senior Copywriter: Sue Kohm

Hair and Makeup Artist: Taylor Savage

Client: Ovarian Cancer Canada

From the campaign “Ladyballs,” shot for Ovarian Cancer Canada.

Alex Telfer

Ad Agency: Rothco

Senior Art Director: Jonathon Cullen

Producer: Al Byrnes

Client: IWEA

A series of images shot for a campaign for the Irish Wind Energy Association, highlighting the importance of wind energy in helping to keep the planet healthy.

George Logan

Ad Agency: Mother London

Creative Directors: Freddy Mandy and Tim McNaughton

Art Directors: James Sellick and Hannah Tarpey

Art Buyer: Claire Young

Client: IKEA

IKEA’s “The Wonderful Everyday” campaign captures the pandemonium as monkeys at the Jaguar Rescue Center run wild in an IKEA METOD kitchen built in the Costa Rican jungle.

Bil Zelman

Ad Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness

Creative Director: Joe Ferrazzano

Art Buyer: Ali Cohen Curtis

From a series of images shot for a pharmaceutical client. Zelman says: “Seniors can raise hell, too.”

Michael Schnabel

Ad Agency: KKLD Berlin

Creative Director: Winnie Tsang

Art Buyer: Angela Barilaro

Client: Panasonic

Shot in Morocco for the worldwide campaign for the Panasonic Lumix TZ travel camera.

Nadav Kander

Ad Agency: In-house

Client: National Theatre

From a series of portraits of actor Madeleine Worrall, who plays Jane Eyre in the National Theatre stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel.

Jacek KoŁodziejski

Ad Agency: In-house

Makeup Artist: Ala Gabillaud

Stylist: Marta Harner Studio and Małgosia Poznańska

Client: TAKK jewelry

Rep: SHOOTME

Aphelion — meaning the farthest from the sun—is the inspiration for the collection of TAKK jewelry featured in this catalog shoot featuring model Samia Magda Mja.

Scott McDermott

Ad Agency: In-house

Creative Director: Jason Holzman

Client: USA Network and NBCUniversal

From the gallery shoot for the USA Network television series Mr. Robot.

Erik Madigan Heck

Publication: TIME

Director of Photography: Kira Pollack

Senior Photo Editor: Myles Little

Singer-songwriter Adele photographed in New York City for the December 21, 2015 issue of TIME.

Zanele Muholi

Publication: The New York Times Magazine

Director of Photography: Kathy Ryan

Design Director: Gail Bichler

Photo Editor: Amy Kellner

Reps: Yancey Richardson Gallery and Stevenson

A photographer known for taking portraits of members of the black queer community in South Africa turns the camera on herself. From a series of self-portraits featured in the October 11, 2015 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Ruven Afanador

Publication: New York

Director of Photography: Jody Quon

Design Director: Thomas Alberty

Senior Photo Editor: Roxanne Behr

Portraits of legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp photographed for the November 16, 2015 issue of New York.

JR

Publication: The New York Times Magazine

Director of Photography: Kathy Ryan

Design Director: Gail Bichler

Photo Editor: Christine Walsh

Shot for the cover of the April 26, 2015 “Walking New York” issue, this photograph features a portrait of an immigrant, Elmar Aliyev, pasted over the triangle of pavement between Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 23rd Street. The concept aimed to show that as immigrants find their way on the streets of New York City, their lives are often hidden to the people walking past.

Brian Finke

Publication: Boston Magazine

Photo Editor: Toan Trinh

From a series of documentary-style photographs captured at the Hedonism II resort in Jamaica, for “The Sex Machine” feature in the January 24, 2016 issue of Boston Magazine.

Keirnan Monaghan and Theo Vamvounakis

Publication: Bloomberg Pursuits

Director of Photography: Clinton Cargill

Creative Director: Rob Vargas

Senior Photo Editor: Leonor Mamanna

Art Director: Benjamin Bours

Holiday hams photographed for the Holiday 2015 issue of Bloomberg Pursuits.

Bobby Doherty

Publication: New York

Director of Photography: Jody Quon

Design Director: Thomas Alberty

Photo Editor: Sofia de Guzman

From a series of edible still-lifes photographed for the November 9, 2015 “Food & Drink” issue of New York.

Greg Kahn

Publication: The Atlantic

Creative Director: Darhil Crooks

Photography Collective: GRAIN

From a series photographed for the article “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” featured in the October 2015 issue of The Atlantic.

Norman Jean Roy

Publication: New York

Director of Photography: Jody Quon

Design Director: Thomas Alberty

Photo Editor: Sofia de Guzman

A portrait of former firefighter Patrick Hardison, 73 days after he received a face transplant, featured in the November 16, 2015 issue of New York. His surgery was the most successful face transplant in medical history.

Emily Shur

Publication: TIME

Director of Photography: Kira Pollack

Deputy Director of Photography: Paul Moakley

Associate Photo Editor: Tara Johnson

From a series of photographs documenting the Mattel Design Studio, the history and future of the Barbie doll and the process by which all Barbie dolls are made. Photographed for the February 8, 2016 issue of TIME.

Henry Leutwyler

Publication: Condé Nast Traveler

Director of Photography: Jennifer Miller

Creative Director: Yolanda Edwards

Senior Photo Editor: Leonor Mamanna

From a series that features principal ballet dancer David Hallberg and his travels between New York City and Moscow as a member of American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet, shot for “A Tale of Two Cities” in the February 2015 issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

Carla van de Puttelaar

Publication: The New York Times Magazine

Director of Photography: Kathy Ryan

Design Director: Gail Bichler

Art Director: Matt Willey

Associate Photo Editor: Stacey Baker

Shot for The New York Times Magazine cover story “Unbearable,” published on May 31, 2015. Pregnant women often fear taking the antidepressants they rely on, but not treating their mental illnesses can be just as dangerous.

Matthieu Salvaing

Publication: Condé Nast Traveler

Director of Photography: Jennifer Miller

Creative Director: Yolanda Edwards

A journey through Alentejo, Portugal, published in the March 2015 issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

Wayne Lawrence

Publication: Refinery29

Deputy Director of Photography: Toby Kaufmann

From a series of portraits captured during the 2015 Urban Beach Week in Miami’s South Beach, published in a June 2015 feature on Refinery29 as part of its “Take Back the Beach” body-acceptance campaign.

Frédéric Lagrange

Publication: Travel + Leisure

Director of Photography: Scott Hall

Creative Director: Gretchen Smelter

An exploration of the northern part of Sri Lanka after 26 years of a brutal civil war, for a travel feature on Sri Lanka.

Philip Montgomery

Publication: Bloomberg Businessweek

Director of Photography: Clinton Cargill

Deputy Creative Director: Tracy Ma

Creative Director: Robert Vargas

Photo Editor: Diana Suryakusuma

From a series that documents the export of American-bred pigs to emerging markets like the Philippines, captured for the December 2015 feature article “Why Asia Craves America’s Pig DNA.”

Steve Winter

Publication: National Geographic

Director of Photography: Sarah Leen

Design Director: David Whitmore

Senior Photo Editor: Kathy Moran

Photo Agency: National Geographic Creative

As humans encroach on their habitat, leopards are adapting. Photographed for the “Learning to Live With Leopards” feature in the December 2015 issue of National Geographic.

Shae Detar

Publication: The Cut, New York

Director of Photography: Jody Quon

Design Director: Thomas Alberty

Senior Photo Editor: Roxanne Behr

From a series of portraits of five of the most stylish women making music in the summer of 2015, photographed for The Cut’s “Top 10—The New Female Musicians to See this Summer.”

Christopher Wahl

Publication: The Globe and Mail

Photo Editor: Moe Doiron

A portrait of author and singer Patti Smith, photographed in Toronto, Ontario, for The Globe and Mail on October 14, 2015.

William Wegman

Publication: Bloomberg Pursuits

Director of Photography: Clinton Cargill

Creative Director: Rob Vargas

Senior Photo Editor: Leonor Mamanna

Art Director: Benjamin Bours

Wegman’s famous Weimaraners are the stars of the Bloomberg Pursuits 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.

Lynsey Addario

Publication: The New York Times Magazine

Director of Photography: Kathy Ryan

Design Director: Gail Bichler

Photo Editor: Jenna Pirog

Nearly 60 million people are currently displaced from their homes by war and persecution—the most since World War II—and half are children. Shot for “The Displaced,” a feature article in the November 8, 2015 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Ruven Afanador

Publication: New York

Director of Photography: Jody Quon

Design Director: Thomas Alberty

Senior Photo Editor: Roxanne Behr

Portraits of legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp photographed for the November 16, 2015 issue of New York.

Brian Finke

Publication: Boston Magazine

Photo Editor: Toan Trinh

From a series of documentary-style photographs captured at the Hedonism II resort in Jamaica, for “The Sex Machine” feature in the January 24, 2016 issue of Boston Magazine.

Greg Kahn

Publication: The Atlantic

Creative Director: Darhil Crooks

Photography Collective: GRAIN

From a series photographed for the article “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” featured in the October 2015 issue of The Atlantic.

Norman Jean Roy

Publication: New York

Director of Photography: Jody Quon

Design Director: Thomas Alberty

Photo Editor: Sofia de Guzman

A portrait of former firefighter Patrick Hardison, 73 days after he received a face transplant, featured in the November 16, 2015 issue of New York. His surgery was the most successful face transplant in medical history.

Mark Peterson

Publications: MSNBC.com, TIME, TIME Lightbox

Director of Photography (MSNBC.com): Amy Pereira

Deputy Director of Photography (TIME ): Paul Moakley

Photo Agency: Redux Pictures

An image from “Political Theater,” a series that reveals the artifice and absurdity of American politics as candidates vie for their party’s presidential nomination.

Henry Leutwyler

Publication: Condé Nast Traveler

Director of Photography: Jennifer Miller

Creative Director: Yolanda Edwards

Senior Photo Editor: Leonor Mamanna

From a series that features principal ballet dancer David Hallberg and his travels between New York City and Moscow as a member of American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet, shot for “A Tale of Two Cities” in the February 2015 issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

Carla van de Puttelaar

Publication: The New York Times Magazine

Director of Photography: Kathy Ryan

Design Director: Gail Bichler

Art Director: Matt Willey

Associate Photo Editor: Stacey Baker

Shot for The New York Times Magazine cover story “Unbearable,” published on May 31, 2015. Pregnant women often fear taking the antidepressants they rely on, but not treating their mental illnesses can be just as dangerous.

Massimo Vitali

Publication: Travel + Leisure

Director of Photography: Scott Hall

From a series of images photographed for a travel feature on Puglia, Italy.

Shae Detar

Publication: The Cut, New York

Director of Photography: Jody Quon

Design Director: Thomas Alberty

Senior Photo Editor: Roxanne Behr

From a series of portraits of five of the most stylish women making music in the summer of 2015, photographed for The Cut’s “Top 10—The New Female Musicians to See this Summer.”

Christopher Wahl

Publication: The Globe and Mail

Photo Editor: Moe Doiron

A portrait of author and singer Patti Smith, photographed in Toronto, Ontario, for The Globe and Mail on October 14, 2015.

Peter Yang

Publication: ESPN The Magazine

Director of Photography: Karen Frank

Senior Deputy Photo Editor: Nancy Weisman

Pittsburgh Steelers’ dynamic wide receiver Antonio Brown gets a trim before his cover shoot for the December 2015 “Wide Receivers Issue.”

Sergey Ponomarev

Publication: The New York Times

Director of Photography: Michele McNally

International Photo Editor: David Furst

Ponomarev traveled to Greece, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia, among other countries, to take photographs of refugees and migrants searching for stability. The most direct routes, Ponomarev says, are fraught with danger: Those who cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greek territory often take flimsy rubber dinghies or small wooden boats; those who attempt to reach Northern European countries take the perilous Western Balkans route, running the gauntlet of brutal human traffickers and robbers.

Rasmus Degnbol

“Europe’s New Borders” documents the re-activation and enforcement of European borders during the refugee crisis, three years after the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for contributing to the advancement of peace and reconciliation across the continent. Shot over five months in 2015 with a custom-made drone, Degnbol looks at the solutions—and lack of solutions—in Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia and Sweden.

Lars Just

Publisher: First Purple

Photographing in a Greenlandic orphanage, Just presented each of his portraits to his subjects and asked what they think when they look at themselves. The portraits and testimonies have been published in a photo book and exhibited at STATUS:15 in Denmark.

Christian Åslund

Client: Greenpeace

Åslund’s series about the toll of climate change in the Arctic, where the sea ice is in decline due to rising temperatures. Åslund says it’s a bitter irony that a rapidly changing Arctic is not seen as a stark warning to our way of life, but is instead exploited by governments and oil companies to further drill for the very same oil that caused the melting in the first place.

Newsha Tavakolian

Publication: TIME

Director of Photography: Kira Pollack

International Photo Editor: Alice Gabriner

18-year-old Torin Khairegi, one of hundreds of young Kurdish female soldiers who have taken up the fight against the Islamic State (IS). The Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) is an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a Kurdish nationalist movement that has long fought a war of independence against Turkey.

Benjamin Lowy

Publication: The New York Times

Director of Photography: Michele McNally

Photo Editor: Phaedra Brown

A swimmer drifts through the thousands of jellyfish that inhabit an enclosed salt-water lake in Palau, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean. Formed after the last ice age, the lake has been a home to these unique jellyfish that have adapted and become the dominant species in the lake.

Aaron Vincent Elkaim

Publications: burn and Huck

Editor-in-Chief (Huck): Andrea Kurland

A long-term project on Brazil’s indigenous tribes affected by hydroelectric projects underway in the Amazon Rainforest. The Belo Monte Dam is a cornerstone of the initiative and, nearing completion, will displace more than 20,000 people.

Qilai Shen

Publication: Bloomberg.com

Photo Editors: Justin Chin and Jody Megson

Exhibit hostesses check their phones at Auto Guangzhou, the largest motor exhibition in southern China.

Lauren Greenfield

From a series about Magic City, an Atlanta strip club known for its powerful and famous clientele. Rappers such as T.I. and Future got their start in the club, and dancers hope to become high-class socialites and artists and repertoire (A&R) executives. Greenfield calls it “a microcosm of the American Dream.”

Dominic Nahr

Client: Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

From Nahr’s series about the crisis in Unity State, South Sudan, following a December 2013 political dispute that has led to conflict and ethnic tensions across the country. At least 50,000 people have been killed, according to the United Nations, and 3 million face food shortages. Nahr spent a month photographing in hospitals and camps for the displaced.

Marco Gualazzini

Photo Agency: Contrasto

Somalia has an emblematic role to play in today’s refugee crisis. While millions are internally displaced or seeking asylum elsewhere, Somalia has also welcomed 30,000 Yemenites seeking refuge. Gualazzini says the desire for change in Somalia is palpable, seen in beachgoers, beauty parlors and arcades, and that the people of Somalia are looking toward the future despite the threats of militant group Al-Shabaab.

Bassam Khabieh

Photo Agency: The Wider Image, Reuters

On December 13, 2015, a grocery store in Douma, Syria, a city near Damascus, came under attack. Khabieh photographed the field hospital in Duoma, one of many makeshift emergency facilities in basements and shelters, run by the city’s Unified Medical Office.

Paula Bronstein

Publications: PulitzerCenter.org and The Wall Street Journal

World News Photo Editor: Patrick Whalen

Photo Agency: Getty Images Reportage

From the series “War Widows of Afghanistan.” Bibi Naiz was blinded while fleeing war in Helmand. She survived a NATO airstrike that killed seven members of her family, including her husband and three children. The eight that survived take care of her in the Nasaji Bagrami refugee camp outside of Kabul. More than three decades of war in Afghanistan has mass-produced widows who live in extreme poverty.

Siegfried Modola

Photo Agency: Reuters

From Modola’s series about life in the shantytowns around Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, including the slum neighborhoods of Korogocho, Mathare, Mukuru kwa Njenga and Kibera. More than 2 million residents live in these bustling and energetic neighborhoods, but crime and unemployment are high, and basic services and sanitation are scarce. Modola says there is mistrust of police officers; crimes often go unreported and relations with officers, who also face violence in the slums, are strained.

Ilvy Njiokiktjien

Publication: The New York Times

Director of Photography: Michele McNally

International Photo Editor: David Furst

Iraqi refugees enjoy the warmth at Sauna Arla, a traditional Finnish sauna in Helsinki. With support from the Red Cross and the sauna’s owner, the refugees are able to use the facilities free of charge.

Andrew Quilty

Publication: ForeignPolicy.com

Association: Oculi

43-year-old Baynazar Mohammad Nazar lies dead on the operating table inside the Kunduz Trauma Center in Afghanistan. On October 3, 2015, 42 people were killed by an American airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders-operated hospital, which the U.S. military says was accidental. Several bodies, including Nazar’s, remained in the building for over a week because of fighting between Afghan government forces and Taliban insurgents.

Kirsten Luce

Publication: TIME

Director of Photography: Kira Pollack

Deputy Director of Photography: Paul Moakley

“The Other Border” depicts Brooks County, Texas, where an enforcement checkpoint has forced undocumented immigrants to travel up to 25 miles around the patrol stations in deadly conditions. Despite the attention to securing the U.S.-Mexico border, it is often at checkpoints further north where people and contraband are intercepted.

Antonio Masiello

Refugees and migrants reach the coast of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on October 11, 2015.

Bryan Denton

Publication: The New York Times

Director of Photography: Michele McNally

International Photo Editor: David Furst

Sayed Mohammad Sultani, left, the largest exporter of Karakul pelts in Afghanistan, examines pelts procured by middle men from northern Afghani shepherds. Karakul has forged an increasingly close economic relationship between Afghanistan and Finland, which imported over half a million pelts last year.

Jonathan Torgovnik

Publication: TIME

Director of Photography: Kira Pollack

Deputy Director of Photography: Paul Moakley

Senior Photo Editor: Michelle Molloy

Photo Agency: Getty Images Reportage

While the world’s attention is directed toward the thousands of African migrants traveling north to Europe, little attention is given to the African migrants looking south, arriving in Johannesburg to try to make a better life for themselves in one of Africa’s most affluent cities. Many end up living in derelict buildings in Johannesburg’s inner city, a place known for its high level of crime, poverty and unemployment.

Anna Genevieve

“Modern Surgery” depicts a mother sending a text message as doctors complete a procedure following the birth of her child.

Jacob Ehrbahn

Publication: Politiken

Photo Editor-in-Chief: Thomas Borberg

A story about Denmark’s largest computer game event—or LAN party—held annually in the fall for 4,500 participants over 47 hours.

Alessandro Gandolfi

Photo Agency: Parallelozero

Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization on November 7, 2015, but the social and economic impact has prevented a return to normalcy. In addition to the nearly 4,000-person death toll, unemployment is high, commerce has slowed, the mining industry is in crisis, and many foreigners have left the country.

Benedict Evans

Publication: ESPN The Magazine

Director of Photography: Karen Frank

Senior Deputy Photo Editor: Nancy Weisman

From a series about the Marathon Des Sables, an ultramarathon in which contestants run more than five marathons in six days through the Sahara Desert, carrying all their provisions (except water) in a backpack.

Andrew Burton

Photo Agency: Getty Images

Editors: Pancho Bernasconi, Sandy Ciric and Pierce Wright

A pro-Russian Cossack rebel displays his horsemanship during a skills performance on March 12, 2015, in Makiivka, Ukraine.

Andrew White

Publication: DIG BMX

Client: Red Bull

The pains and triumphs of BMX street riding.

Barbara Davidson

Publication: The Los Angeles Times

Co-Director of Photography: Calvin Hom

In India, an akharais a wrestling school where men dedicate their lives to the kushtisport. Wrestling in red-clay pits is a deeply rooted tradition in the city of Kolhapur, but the Indian Fighters Federation has announced a ban on red-soil fighting and advises fighters instead to train on mats to improve the chances of winning medals at the Olympic Games.

Richard Phibbs

Publication: ESPN The Magazine

Director of Photography: Karen Frank

Photo Editor: Kristen Schaefer Geisler

Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig poses in a redwood forest in California for the "Body Issue," July 2015.

Nick Gallop

Ad Agency: Cramer-Krasselt

Creative Director: Ned Brown

Art Director: Maxx Valenti

Client: Can-Am/BRP

Captured while on assignment for Can-Am in Louisiana, photographing professional ATV mud racers.

Christian Bobst

Publication: Stern

Senegalese wrestling, or lutte sénégalaise, is imbued with mystic rituals: the presentation of amulets, the use of magic potions, hypnotic drum sounds, and songs and dance. In the last ten years, it has become a million-dollar spectacle thanks to telecom sponsors and exposure through television and new media. The young men who succeed in the sport become wealthy and famous.

Sascha Fromm

Competitors at the start of GettingTough—The Race on December 5, 2015, in Rudolstadt, Germany; 2,500 competitors from around the world compete in the 15-mile endurance course of mud, freezing water and fire.

Sam Muller

Publication: TransWorld SKATEboarding

This image was used as the opening spread for an article about a group of skateboarders traveling through Las Vegas, Nevada.

Benjamin Lowy

Photo Agency: Getty Images Reportage

From Lowy’s series about Indian kushti wrestling, a South Asian sport that dates back to 5,000 B.C. In modern times, participants live and train in akharas or talims.

Dan Root

Creative Team: Jeremy Darlow, Drew Gilges, Christian Laursen, Zach Soskin

Client: adidas

Rep: Deborah Ayerst Artists’ Agent

Captured for adidas's social media coverage of Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy in Detroit, which trains elite high school football players.

Robert Beck

Publication: Sports Illustrated

Photo Editor: Miriam Marseu

An infrared look at 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth on the 12th hole, teeing off over Rae’s Creek at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

Shoji Fujita

From a series about a Japanese Little League baseball team that Fujita photographed for six years.

Jef Russell

From an ongoing series about small-town American rodeos.

Marcus Smith

Ad Agency: 180 Amsterdam

Art Director: Tony Bartolucci

Art Buyer: Jo Borton

Client: Asics

French tennis player Gaël Monfils is no stranger to putting himself in awkward positions in order to return a ball. This campaign, shot for use on Asics’ social media pages and website, highlights his form.

Winnie Au

Rep: This Represents

Designer: Alex Huang

Printer: Newspaper Club

A 56-page newspaper zine that takes viewers on a visual journey through the homes and workspaces of various people whom Au photographed over the past year.

Justin Fantl

Rep: Giant Artists

A 2016 calendar sent to a select group of clients.

Julia Stotz

Art Director: Eliza Wexelman

Rep: I heart reps

A tongue-in-cheek personal project about the practice of classic dining etiquette in modern life, printed as a 7 x 10-inch book.

Johnny Miller

Website: www.johnny-miller.com

Developer: aPhotoFolio

The website of Brooklyn-based food, beverage and still-life photographer Johnny Miller.

Collin Erie

Rep: Giant Artists

In May of 2015, Erie and his fiancée took a three-month, 15,000-mile road trip around the United States. This “Roadside” promo, printed and distributed to 1,000 clients, friends and family members, captures youth culture across America as well as the changing landscapes of the nation.

José Mandojana

Website: www.josemandojana.com

Developer: aPhotoFolio

The website of Seattle-based portrait, lifestyle and sports photographer José Mandojana.

Trevor Dixon

From an ongoing series based on the vanitas genre of still-life painting. This image was used in a direct mail postcard campaign and email marketing.

Zachary Hertzman

Website: www.zachhertzman.com

Designer/Developer: Zachary Hertzman

The website of Toronto-based commercial, travel and fashion photographer Zachary Hertzman.

Michael Larkey

A promo booklet featuring nine Brooklyn-based artists, shot for a personal project.

Trevor Traynor

Website: www.trevortraynor.com

Developer: Imaginem

The website of Los Angeles-based photographer and director Trevor Traynor.

Thomas Hoeffgen

The images from this book were shot in April, 2015, on an assignment for Timberland to document four artists on a classic American road trip on and around historic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. This personal printed piece features a broader scope of work than the campaign.

Shaughn and John

An 11 x 14-inch newspaper promo of the photography duo’s Bill Pickett Rodeo Project, featuring portraits of the black men, boys and girls of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo that belie the stereotype of what a traditional cowboy looks like.

Daesung Lee

In “Futuristic Archaeology,” a project which tackles the desertification affecting nomadic life in Mongolia, Lee creates fictitious museum dioramas as a place for survival of nomadic culture.

Sylwia Kowalczyk

Kowalczyk’s exploration of the faultiness of memory and the unique grief imbued in its loss. “The past is not a faithful record,” she says. “It is a mythology; a vast, blank territory where even the most important memories in life are gradually erased.”

Diana Bagnoli

“Animalship” focuses on the relationship between women and animals: special friendships that bring joy to their daily lives.

Erik AlmÅs

Producer: Filiz Rezvan

Stylist: Christine Featherstone

Hair and Makeup: France Pierson

Rep: VH Artists

“The Crash” is a personal project about a break-up. This image was shot in two parts: on location and in a studio.

Thomas Prior

From a body of work of wildfires in Mexico.

Jesse Burke

“Wild & Precious” chronicles five years of road trips Burke took with his daughter to introduce her to the natural world.

Eric West

A visual investigation into the modernization of Ethiopia. As the Ethiopian landscape is reshaped, power lines and telecommunication towers encroach on rural villages, luxury hotels rise next to traditional homes and modern shopping centers replace historic markets in urban areas.

Maroesjka Lavigne

“Land of Nothingness” captures the wildlife and subtle landscapes of the stark Namibia desert.

Deanne Fitzmaurice

Goats climb an Argan Tree near Marrakesh, Morocco, to eat the Argan nut, from which the popular hair and skin product, Argan oil, is made.

Marco Walker

Rep: Trayler & Trayler

“ZAP / SNAP” is a body of work taken across the Western and Southwestern United States. Inspired by billboard advertising and the digital culture of emoticons, Walker combined the two with traditional landscape photography.

Antonio González Caro

Greyhound dogs are used for hunting hare in the Spanish countryside, and, according to Caro, the market for stolen dogs has flourished, with more than 300 thefts of around 800 greyhounds reported in Spain in one year. In this series, “Hunting Shadows,” Caro photographs John, who hunts hares with greyhounds in the field.

Niki Boon

Boon’s series about her children’s “unconventional” lives in rural New Zealand, where they live without traditional schooling or modern electronic devices on a 10-acre property. She says: “I document their days together, in an environment full of nature and uninhibited play.”

Jeffrey Milstein

Milstein’s documentation of the man-made landscape: its patterns, layering and complexity. At an altitude of around 2,000 feet, Milstein is able to capture grand vistas, yet is still close enough to catch intimate details.

Luca Zanier

In “Corridors of Power,” Zanier explores the spaces in which important decisions are made. Through a collection of interiors from government and corporate buildings—including rooms for the United Nations Security Council in New York City, the General Confederation of Labour in Paris and FIFA’s executive committee in Zurich—Zanier asks if power should be held in the hands of a few.

Drew Anthony Smith

Part of an ongoing project on loneliness in America, Smith’s “Real Doll” series was photographed in the RealDoll sex-toy factory in California.

William Truong

“In Your Absence,” comprises scenes that reflect the inner landscape of a person who is dealing with loss and isolation. Shooting at night and during early morning, Truong focuses mainly on subjects in conflict with their environment, or surrounded by an abundance of space and shadow.

Benjamin Lowy

Lowy’s “Walkscapes” were made in response to the ubiquitous nature of documentation today. In this series, he creates kaleidoscopes of overlapping imagery, presenting both sides of our visual tendencies: the obsessive documentation of the quotidian and our growing need to retain a modicum of anonymity.

Pamela Littky

Part of a personal project shooting fairs all over the U.S., this photograph was taken at a cheerleading competition in Indiana.

Michal Chelbin

A portrait series taken in a military boarding school outside of Kiev, Ukraine, where boys and girls are taught heightened, traditional gender roles in service of forming a new governing military elite.

Vitor Schietti

“Impermanent Sculptures” is a body of work made through light painting. Schietti takes exposures during the short window of twilight, and sometimes composites images to create his works.

Greg Kahn

Photography Collective: GRAIN

“3 Millimeters” documents the sea-level rise on the eastern shore of Maryland, and explores how the slow drowning of land will lead to profound changes in the area’s identity.

Alma Haser

Photo Agency: Getty Images

Art Director: Gem Fletcher

A conceptual take on brainstorming.

David Vintiner

Photo Agency: Getty Images

Art Director: Gem Fletcher

A man walking through Béjar, Spain, dressed in moss.

Paul Edmondson

Photo Agency: Offset

An eye-catching window display of mannequins in Paris.

Brandon Harman

Photo Agency: Cavan Images

“Morning Rituals” was photographed in a hot spring in Bridgeport, California.

Adrian Mueller

Photo Agency: Offset

Food Stylist: Linnea Johansson

“The New Comfort Food” is a series that features simple and healthy homemade comfort food.

Jonathan Knowles

Photo Agency: Getty Images

Art Director: Lauren Catten

“Squish” is a series that looks at the distortion of flesh and bone.

Jesse Rieser

Photo Agency: Gallery Stock

Creative Director: Jennifer Fox Freeman

An outtake from Rieser’s racquetball series “Sounds of Cement,” a new body of stock sports work.

Mads Perch

Photo Agency: Getty Images

Art Director: Gem Fletcher

From a series of portraits featuring colorful ink.

Andrew Peacock

Photo Agency: Aurora Photos

From a series on icebergs photographed in the Antarctic Peninsula.

Paul Souders

Photo Agency: Getty Images

A polar bear in Repulse Bay, Nunavut, Canada.

Paul Taylor

Photo Agency: Getty Images

Art Director: Beth Wachtel-Lipke

From a series that uses color and layers to illustrate business concepts.

Michael Sugrue

Photo Agency: Getty Images

An aerial view of Desolation Wilderness State Park, California.

Edwin Remsberg

Photo Agency: Getty Images

An elephant charging through the bush in Chobe National Park, Botswana.

Brian Storm, Andrew Michael Ellis and Eric Maierson

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Title: “The Last Move”

Studio: MediaStorm

Creative Team: Cortney Cleveland, Joe Fuller, Jon Kasbe and Ligaiya Romero

Client: Verse

Michael Thomasson has devoted his life to video games. His collection is so large, with more than 11,000 unique game titles for more than 100 different systems, that it’s recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. But there’s one thing Michael loves more than his games: his family. “The Last Move,” an interactive film for Verse, chronicles Michael’s attempt to help his family at an enormous cost.

Mark Zibert

Title: “Just Can’t Wait for Christmas”

Ad Agency: CHI & Partners, London

Creative Team: Jim Bolton, Jonathan Burley, Matt Cresswell, Charlie Crompton, Miguel Diaz, Alfredo Escobar, Spencer Francey, Sarah Golding, James Howland, Cristian Petit-Laurent, Colin Smith and Angus Vine

Production Company: Rogue Films

Client: Argos

URL: vimeo.com/150679559

A 60-second television ad featuring 50 professional skiers and snowboarders, shot in Chile’s Valle Nevado for Argos for promotion of its Holiday 2015 products.

Salomon Ligthelm

Title: “Rocket Wars”

Production Company: Variable

Creative Team: Jonathan Bregel, Brad Burke, Spyros Dahlias, Paige DeMarco, Eleni Fanariotou, Alex Friedman, Tyler Ginter, Jeff Levine, Sal Malifatano, Khalid Mohtaseb and Simon Reinert

Sound Design: Defacto Sound

URL: vimeo.com/132183063

In the small village of Vrontado on the Greek island of Chios, parishioners of two Greek Orthodox churches fire homemade rockets at the opposing church each year on Holy Saturday. While the origins of this century-old custom are unclear, one theory holds that a civil war during the Turkish occupation was faked so the churches could celebrate Easter without being plagued by war.

Corey Rich

Title: “Avaatara”

Director of Photography: Dane Henry

Team: Bligh Gillies and Sean Haverstock

Client: Florian Klingler/Red Bull

URL: vimeo.com/141611983

“When a climb gets to your limit, it almost becomes more of an art than a sport,” said climber David Lama upon his first ascent of Avataara, a sinkhole located in the Baatara Gorge in northern Lebanon. Climbing is also a lifestyle—one that takes Lama on adventures in far-flung locations.

Goh Iromoto

Title: “The Path of Grey Owl”

Creative Team: Joe Barrucco, Steve Bruno and Jay Smith

Client: Ontario Tourism

URL: vimeo.com/151953195

This film follows world-renowned woodsman Ray Mears through the wilderness of Temagami, Canada, as he explores the path of author and conservationist Archibald Belaney—also known as Grey Owl—who champions the protection of our land in the present.

Kris Erickson, Andy Bardon, Cory Richards and Anjin Herndon

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Title: “Connected to the Top”

Studio: Verse, MediaStorm

Creative Team: Ligaiya Romero, Hilarion Banks, Jon Kasbe, Cortney Cleveland, Joe Fuller, Brian Storm, Meredith Hogan

Client: The North Face

A close-up look at the 2012 Everest expedition with The North Face athletes: Conrad Anker, Sam Elias, Kris Erickson, Emily Harrington and Hilaree O’Neill. “Connected to the Top” is an interactive film for Verse that features non-linear multimedia storytelling.

Toby Smith

Title: “Rare Earthenware”

Studio: Unknown Fields

Creative Team: Kate Davies and Liam Young

Animation: Xristina Varvia

Ceramics: Kevin Callaghan/London Sculpture Workshop

URL: vimeo.com/124621603

This project follows the well concealed journeys taking place across global supply chains. The film documents the voyage of rare elements—which are widely used in high-end electronics and green technologies—from container ships and ports, wholesalers and factories, back to the banks of a barely liquid radioactive lake in Inner Mongolia, where the refining process takes place.

Theresa Ortolani

Title: “SAUDADE: Name of the Father (short)”

URL: vimeo.com/126841292

A filmmaker’s investigative journey to find her birth family addresses issues of birth, death, memory, loss, identity, family and home via intimate storytelling.

Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper and Emma Cott

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Title: “The Bionic Man”

Publication: NYTimes.com

Director of Photography: Michele McNally

Editor: Jean Kawahara

Les Baugh lost his arms as a teenager, and engineers at Johns Hopkins are trying to give them back, but better: Baugh is testing a robotic prosthetic controlled by his mind. “The Bionic Man” is one of the films in The New York Times’ “Robotica” series, which explores different ways robots are changing the way we conduct our daily lives.

Bill Smee and Jake Heller

Title: “Former Drone Pilots Denounce ‘Morally Outrageous’ Program”

Publication: NBC News

URL: youtube.com/watch?v=PJ1BC0g_PbQ

Former Air Force airmen are speaking out against America’s drone war, calling the military drone program “morally outrageous” and “one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.”

Nick Cobbing

Title: “Drifting With the Ice: Life on an Arctic Expedition”

Publication: NationalGeographic.com

Director of Photography: Sarah Leen

Senior Photo Editor: Kurt Mutchler

Producer: Shannon Sanders

URL: youtube.com/watch?v=tggPOOrGiwQ

For five months in 2015, a team of researchers drifted with polar ice, their ship tethered to an ice floe as they collected data to better understand how the loss of sea ice will affect the planet. Researchers usually track ice in the summer. This team, battling bone-chilling cold, tracked the ice from when it formed in the winter until it started melting in the spring.

Yunya Yin

School: University of the Arts London, United Kingdom

Yin describes this project—her photos from a 126-hour journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway—as a “timeless journey” that explores the relationship between time and space, and people within their environments. Through fragmented moments, Yin creates a dreamlike state, allowing viewers to draw their own conclusions.

Karol Pałka

Schools: University of Silesia in Katowice and Wajda School, Warsaw, Poland

From 1977 until 1989, the hotel Polana was owned by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and was a closed government resort. After the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the Slovaks changed the hotel’s name and purpose; it now stands empty.

Matias Bercovich

School: KABK: Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Netherlands

Following days and nights of constant travel, refugee camps are a temporary chance to take a breath. As a nexus between France and England, the town of Calais is now a key point for more than 3,000 refugees from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Syria.

Jasper Bastian

School: Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany

“A Road Not Taken” is Bastian’s exploration of the border towns of Belarus and Lithuania. Once closely intertwined before the fall of the Soviet Union, the population was divided by the European external border in 2004.

CK Vijayakumar

School: Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Racine, Ohio, a formerly bustling town nestled between the booming coal towns of south east Ohio and West Virginia, has seen its local economy suffer as coal production has moved out of Appalachia. Vijayakumar’s work explores the relationship between the identity of the people and their post-industrial landscape.

Jinsub CHO

School: Icart Photo, Levallois-Perret, France

Cho’s body of work about refugees takes place on the trains that the Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian people take in search of a better life for themselves and their families.

Jakob Schnetz

School: Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany

Schnetz’s project on German trade-show exhibition halls reflects the standardized scenery in which products and services are presented. Schnetz says that trade shows mirror capitalistic society, which is focused on growth, performance, success and consumption.

Michael Santiago

School: Syracuse University, New York

From a series about James McGill, a struggling pig farmer involved in the Pigford v. Glickman lawsuit, alleging racial discrimination by the USDA. McGill’s story is not an uncommon one for black farmers: In 1920, black farmers made up approximately 14 percent of all farmers in the United States; today they account for less than 1 percent.

Adib Chowdhury

School: London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom

Last October, Chowdhury spent two weeks following one of the major routes taken by refugees in the Middle East, spanning six countries and more than 1,550 miles. With this project, he says, he sought to challenge the outdated binary perspective refugees tend to have in the media as being voiceless and passive agents.

William Martin III

School: New York University, New York City

From a series about Awal Mohammed, a young migrant worker in Accra, Ghana, who works in the dangerous informal recycling industry. Mohammed was one of 20,000 people whose home in the Agbogbloshie slum was demolished by the Accra Mertropolitan Assembly last year in order to dredge a waterway that had caused flooding in the city.

Shih-Chieh Wei

School: International Center of Photography, New York City

Wei’s series tells the story of KoKo, a transgender Taiwanese immigrant living in New York City. At 45 years of age, her dream is to open a dance studio, but she faces financial hardships and discrimination.

Alexandra Hootnick

School: Danish School of Media and Journalism, Aarhus, Denmark

From a children’s book collaboration between Hootnick and nine-year-old Syrian refugee Laya Al-Khazam, who resides in Sweden as she and her family await their asylum application decision. The book shows what it means to be a refugee—but first and foremost a child—in Sweden.

Emile Ducke

School: Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany

Transnistria is a narrow strip of land located in eastern Moldova along the Ukraine border. Although it is not acknowledged as a sovereign state by any other nation, it has its own government, currency, administration and military. With a history of internal conflict and Russian intervention, Transnistria’s self-declared parliament has asked to join the Russian Federation, but its application for admission is as of yet unanswered.

Alexandra Dietz

School: George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Dietz was commissioned by Embrace Dignity, a South African NGO that works with Xhosa women transitioning out of a life of sex work, to photograph ten of their clients. What began as a straightforward documentary project transformed into a collaborative portrait series that attempts to address each woman’s experiences, hopes and dreams. Dietz says that Xhosa women are the backbone of their impoverished communities. Often they must resort to sex work to feed themselves, to sustain their families as single mothers or to support unreliable partners in an effort to keep their families together.

Line Ørnes Søndergaard

School: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway

It is tradition in China for adults to take care of their parents as they grow old. With the one-child policy in place for more than a generation, the country is now facing a future where one-fourth of its population have only one child to rely on. While the series “Lao Tou” focuses on just one family trying to cope with age and dementia, their story sheds light on the growing problem within China.

Matt Eich

School: Hartford Art School, Connecticut

“Family Chords” is a series of 6 x 7-inch color photographs that deal with Eich’s fear of inadequacy as a father and husband. He says: “I photograph with the knowledge that our place in this world is tenuous, comprised of little more than memory and story. Through these images I begin to expose vulnerabilities that shape my reality.”

Matthias Ferdinand Döring

School: Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany

A series about Ingeliese and her husband, Friedhelm, who has been diagnosed with larynx cancer after about 50 years of smoking. Döring photographs Friedhelm as he undergoes treatment and surgery, and documents how the illness affects his life and his 46-year marriage.

Nicky Wanzi

School: New York Film Academy, New York City

Wanzi’s series is about her life as she comes to New York City as an international student to become a photographer, but in each image, she adds two fictional characters, representing the spirit of her close friends back in Singapore.

Doug DuBois

Title: My Last Day at Seventeen

Publisher: Aperture Foundation

Editor: Robyn Taylor

Design: Hans Gremmen

Illustrations: Patrick Lynch

DuBois’s second monograph was photographed over the course of five years in the insular coastal neighborhood of Cobh, Ireland. The images in My Last Day at Seventeen exist in a delicate balance between documentary and fiction, capturing a world of not-quite-adults struggling publicly and privately through the last days of their childhood. This volume provides an incisive examination of the uncertainties of growing up in Ireland today, while highlighting the unique relationship sustained between artist and subject.

Mark Cohen

Title: Frame: A Retrospective

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Editor: Dave Hamrick

Design: Lindsay Starr

Text: Jane Livingston

Frame is the first retrospective of street photographer Mark Cohen’s career. It presents more than 250 published and unpublished images, sequenced by Cohen himself, and includes work from England, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and Spain, as well as the United States. The book showcases both the black-and-white photography for which Cohen is best known and his occasional forays into color.

Mary Ellen Mark

Title: Tiny: Streetwise Revisited

Publisher: Aperture Foundation

Editor: Melissa Harris

Design: Yolanda Cuomo Design

Text: Isabel Allende, John Irving and Mary Ellen Mark

A follow-up to Mark’s acclaimed 1988 monograph Streetwise—which documented a group of homeless and troubled youth on the streets of Seattle—Tiny: Streetwise Revisited is an expanded iteration of the project, showcasing a 30-year body of work on Tiny, the 13-year-old prostitute who appeared in Streetwise. Texts and captions are drawn from conversations between Tiny and Mary Ellen Mark, as well as with Mark’s husband, filmmaker Martin Bell, who made the landmark film of the same name.

Sian Davey

Title: Looking For Alice

Publisher: Trolley Books

Design: Emma Scott-Child

Text: David Chandler, Luke Davey and Sian Davey

Looking For Alice tells the story of Davey’s daughter Alice, born with Down Syndrome, and their family. Davey’s family photos are familiar moments; she comments upon a shared human experience, and how alike, rather than how different, we are.

Gillian Laub

Title: Southern Rites

Publisher: Damiani

Design: Yolanda Cuomo Design

Text: Gillian Laub

Southern Rites is a 12-year visual study of a community’s struggle to confront longstanding issues of race and equality. After Laub’s 2009 photo essay about a Georgia high school’s racially segregated prom ignited national outrage, the community of Montgomery County integrated and elected its first African-American sheriff. But one year later, the murder of a young black man—who had been portrayed in Laub’s earlier series—reopened old wounds. Through portraits and first-hand testimony, Laub reveals the horror and humanity of these complex, intertwined narratives.

Thomas Holton

Title: The Lams of Ludlow Street

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag

Design: Martin Lutz

Text: Thomas Holton, Charles Traub and Bonnie Yochelson

The Lams of Ludlow Street was born from Holton’s desire to better understand his own Chinese heritage as an Asian-American living in New York City’s Chinatown. Holton began photographing the streets and the daily rituals of the neighborhood, but the project developed into a much more intimate exploration of a single family’s life spanning a decade.

Maude Schuyler Clay

Title: Mississippi History

Publisher: Steidl

Design: Gerhard Steidl and Duncan Whyte

Text: Richard Ford

Mississippi History spans 30 years of expressive, allegorical color portraits from the Mississippi Delta of Clay’s friends, family and other Mississippians.

Nick Brandt

Title: Inherit the Dust

Publisher: Edwynn Houk Editions

Design: Nick Brandt

Text: Nick Brandt

Since 2001, Nick Brandt has documented the vanishing natural world and animals of East Africa through his haunting, majestic portraits of elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas, rhinos and other large mammals. His latest body of work comprises epic, visually complex panoramas that warn us of what will happen if the escalating devastation of Africa’s natural world and its unique large animals continues at its current alarming rate.

Glenna Gordon

Title: Diagram of the Heart

Publisher: Red Hook Editions

Design: Bonnie Briant and Daniel Greenfield

Translation: Carmen McCain

Diagram of the Heart depicts romance novelists in Northern Nigeria who face off with Islamic censors and sell their books in markets targeted by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Guided by the themes of these novels, Gordon’s monograph explores romance, tradition, love and loss in the lives of the women of Northern Nigeria.

James Mollison

Title: Playground

Publisher: Aperture Foundation

Editor: Chris Boot

Design: Tim Wan and Patrick Waterhouse

Text: Jon Ronson

In Playground, Mollison explores how we all learn to negotiate relationships through play. Through composite photographs from rich and poor schools in more than 13 countries, Mollison provides readers of all ages with access to issues of global diversity and inequality.

Matt Henry

Title: Short Stories

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag

Design: Blind Hen Design, Matt Henry and Kehrer Design

Text: Matt Henry

Illustration: Chris Sick

Henry’s artistic and academic practices focus on the politics of the U.S. during the 1960s and 1970s. The works take the form of fictional narrative scenes staged across built sets and dressed locations in the U.S. and U.K., where Henry employs his own prop and costume styling, storyboarding and set design.

Dima Gavrysh

Title: Inshallah

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag

Editors: Dima Gavrysh and Teun van der Heijden

Design: Heijdens Karwei

Text: Douglas Nickel

Inshallah (“God willing” in Arabic) explores the Soviet and American occupations of Afghanistan, and draws on Gavrysh’s childhood fantasies that romanticized the military and intertwine with his past and present personal conflicts. Gavrysh, who is Ukrainian, has lived in two countries that have fought wars in Afghanistan. He says: “Mesmerized by the complexity of the Afghan chaos, I strive to better comprehend my personal relationship to these wars: two empires, two mentalities, same battlefield, 12 years apart.”

Eli Reed

Title: Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Editor: Dave Hamrick

Design: Derek George

Text: Paul Theroux

Photo Agency: Magnum Photos

With more than 250 images that span the range of his subjects and his evolution as a photographer, this is the first career retrospective of Eli Reed, one of America’s leading contemporary photojournalists and the first African-American member of Magnum Photos.

Newsha Tavakolian

Title: Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag

Design: Hannah Feldmeier

Text: Anahita Ghabaian and Newsha Tavakolian

Tavakolian, an Iranian photographer, mixes artistic creation and journalism in this book, taking inspiration from the traditional Iranian family photo album to deftly chronicle middle-class life by following Iranians from several generations with her camera.

Hiroji Kubota

Title: Hiroji Kubota Photographer

Publisher: Aperture Foundation

Editors: Chris Boot and Stuart Smith

Design: Stuart Smith

Text: Chris Boot, Elliot Erwitt, Mark Lubell and Alison Nordström

Photo Agency: Magnum Photos

Hiroji Kubota Photographer is the first comprehensive survey of veteran Magnum photographer Hiroji Kubota’s work, spanning more than 50 years of his travels throughout Burma, China, North and South Korea and the U.S. Rooted in his experience in Japan at the end of World War II, Kubota’s work is characterized by a desire to find beauty and honor in human experience.

Peter Dench

Title: DENCH DOES DALLAS

Publisher: Bluecoat Press

Design: Daniel Bickerton

Text: Peter Dench

Photo Agency: Getty Images Reportage

Photojournalist Peter Dench’s take on Dallas, Texas, and the colorful characters he met in his travels. His eye reveals an American territory far removed from the fantasies of film and television, a contrasting metroplex of baseball caps and cowboy hats, horsepower and horses.

Richard Misrach

Title: The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings

Publisher: Aperture Foundation

Editor: Lesley A. Martin

Design: Masumi Shibata

Misrach returns to photograph at the same location as his critically acclaimed publication On the Beach for The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings. This body of work focuses less on the abstraction of water, sand and mote-sized figures, instead honing in on the gestures and expressions of bathers adrift in the ocean, at play or in poses ranging from relaxation to transcendence.

George Steinmetz

Title: New York Air: The View From Above

Publisher: Abrams Books

Editor: Eric Himmel

Design: Miko McGinty and Anjali Pala

Text: George Steinmetz

Steinmetz captures 21st-century New York City from up in the air, photographing the new Manhattan skyline, in addition to contemporary architecture, historic buildings and intriguing sites across the five boroughs. New landmarks make an appearance, such as the High Line and September 11 Memorial, as well as city traditions that include the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, the New York City marathon and the U.S. Open.

Bill Jacobson

Title: Place (Series)

Publisher: Radius Books

Design: David Chickey and Bill Jacobson

Text: Maureen N. McLane

Bill Jacobson’s Place (Series) showcases the acclaimed photographer’s newest body of work, for which he won a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship. These photographs speak to our perceptual interactions with the physical world that surrounds us. They are based on the idea that we live in a world of infinite images, while denying boundaries between interior and exterior, known and unknown, color swatch and landscape.

Jamey Stillings

Title: The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar

Publisher: Steidl

Design: David Chickey

Text: Bruce Barcott, Robert Redford, Jamey Stillings and Anne Wilkes Tucker

Illustration: Clayton Porter

In The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar, Stillings presents a three-and-a-half-year aerial exploration of what has become the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert of California.

Andy Warhol

Title: Andy Warhol: Polaroids 1958-1987

Publisher: TASCHEN

Editor: Reuel Golden

Design: Richard Allan and Rebecca Anderson

Text: Richard B. Woodward

Artist Andy Warhol amassed a huge collection of Polaroid instant pictures from the late 1950s until his death in 1987, snapping pictures of friends, lovers, patrons, the famous, the obscure, the scenic, the fashionable and himself. Created in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, this book features many photos never seen before. They document Warhol’s era as Instagram captures our own, offering a unique record of the life, world and vision.

Bruno Ceschel

Title: Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto

Publisher: Aperture Foundation

Editors: Lesley A. Martin and Joanna L. Cresswell

Design: Antonio de Luca Studio

Text: David Senior

An economic and cultural revolution has shaken the photo-book world in the last five years: self-publishing. An army of photographers operating as publishers have had an instrumental role in today’s photo-book renaissance. This book offers a do-it-yourself manual and a survey of key examples of self-published success stories, as well as a self-publishing manifesto and list of resources.

Aapo Huhta

Title: Block

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag

Editor: Aapo Huhta

Design: Aapo Huhta and Heikki Kaski

Block is a photo essay, amassed as a set of visions, offering hints for storylines in a murky, dystopic scene of the city witnessed by a stranger. Huhta’s vision alludes to a mute perspective toward contemporary city life and the people’s role in it. Simultaneously, Huhta plays the role of a protagonist in a big city with new people and peculiar surroundings.

Richard Learoyd

Title: Day for Night

Publisher: Aperture, in collaboration with Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco.

Editor: Lesley A. Martin

Design: Cartlidge Levene

Text: Martin Barnes, Nancy Gryspeerdt and Richard Learoyd

This deluxe monograph offers the most comprehensive collection of Learoyd’s color studio images to date. Made using a room-sized camera obscura, Learoyd’s photographs show his subjects in the adjacent room, separated by a lens. Creating entirely grainless subjects by exposing the paper without the use of film negatives, he recreates and exaggerates what the human eye perceives—not without a small acknowledgment to the paintings of the Dutch Masters.

Bruce Gilden

Title: Hey Mister, Throw Me Some Beads!

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag

Design: Loreen Lampe

Text: Sophie Darmaillacq

This collection of photographs spans seven trips that Gilden took to Mardi Gras in New Orleans from 1974 to 1982. Gilden, known for his iconic New York City street photographs, captures the energy of the Carnival crowds on Bourbon Street with the same raw intensity and poignancy.