#BJP 7855: Cool & Noteworthy

What was interesting, cutting-edge and outstanding in photography this year? We’ve asked leading insiders for tips, and they’ve helped us shape an eclectic mix of work, from industry stalwarts and emerging talents alike.
Our Cool & Noteworthy Issue features the latest projects from veterans such as photographer Edward Burtynsky and picture editor Kathy Ryan; it also features fresh blood by image-makers such as Vendula Knopova and Clémentine Schneidermann – winners of the Hyeres photography Grand Prix and Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award respectively.
Our front cover is by Lena C Emery, a new signing at the prestigious We Folk agency, who launched her first photobook in November. Named Rie after its main subject, it’s a series of semi-nude portraits, both provocative and intensely private in nature.
Roger Ballen talks to us about his ‘documentary fiction’ approach; we take a look at Elska, a magazine that features photographs of gay men from around the globe. Gregory Halpern talks us through ZZYZX, his acclaimed book about California, which has been hailed as a new take on a classic subject and won Photobook of the Year at Paris Photo.
Satoshi Fujiwara explains his collaboration with Deutsche Oper, which culminated in an installation in Germany’s national opera house; Korean artist Jungjin Lee talks us through her retrospective at the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, which was printed on handmade rice paper. Mandy Barker shares her shots of polluted Irish beaches, which were captured on film eight years out of date.
We also examine the most advanced cameras produced this year, and profile the Vevey and Gazebook festivals. It’s been an extraordinary year; here are some of the good memories.
Our latest issue, Cool & Noteworthy, is available in the App Store or to buy from the BJP Shop, including free P&P to the UK and EU (small charge may apply to ROW). It’s on sale in the shops from 7th December.