It’s time for our an­nual photo is­sue to pop up its head, show its pearly whites and say cheeeeeese. The pho­to­graph is the triple threat of the art world – a mul­ti­fac­eted, singing-tap­danc­ing-smil­ing-ques­tion-an­swer­ing-souped-up Ms Uni­verse.

This is­sue looks at photos in all their guises, from sim­ple snap­shots that act as a mem­ory and in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence of that time you dressed up as an adult baby, to pho­to­graphs and art­works that draw you in with their aes­thetic prow­ess. Then there are the im­ages that tell a story and urge you to lis­ten, ques­tion and find out more, and some­times, just some­times, there are photos that braid all this to­gether in what we in the in­dus­try like to call photo shaz­amtry.

Rupi Kaur achieves this photo nir­vana with her se­ries ‘pe­riod.’. You might have seen the fra­cas she caused on In­sta­gram when she posted a pho­to­graph of a woman in bed with a pe­riod leak on her py­ja­mas. The pow­ers that be deemed it of­fen­sive and pulled it down. Twice. Be­fore ad­mit­ting they made a mis­take and re­in­stat­ing it. The se­ries is a pow­er­ful nudge to think about why some­thing so nat­u­ral should make peo­ple so un­com­fort­able and asks the ques­tion: why, in 2015, are pe­ri­ods still taboo? In­ter­est­ing and elo­quent, Kaur talks us through the se­ries.

We also look at hu­mour in pho­tog­ra­phy, head to the land of pen­guins and seals, and present In­sta­gram­mers to fol­low, tips from stylists, a DIY photo booth and chat to three pho­tog­ra­phers ob­sessed with things that go boom. En­joy! An­nie and the Yen team.

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