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.