Our annual Ones to Watch issue is dedicated to celebrating the best emerging talent from across the globe. This year, our 18 talents have been selected from over 250 nominations by our network of industry experts.
Our cover photographer Gi Seok Cho’s surrealist portraits have not gone unnoticed among the fashion community in Seoul, where he is commissioned for his colourful, theatrical style, all the while pursuing the essence of beauty.
For Spandita Malik, the printed photograph is only the beginning of her creative process. By considering texture and embroidery, a craft connected to her exploration of the violence and injustices suffered by women in her native India, she achieves a multi-layered meaning.
Growing up in Bolivia to devout Christian parents, it was only as he moved abroad and got older that River Claure began to muse over the cultural juxtaposition of his upbringing and Ayamaran ancestry. His work explores the meaning of national identity, and the different ways its importance is interpreted within his culture.
With the increasingly hostile political and social environment in Poland towards the LGBTQ community, Agnieszka Sejud’s work hopes to give a voice to those who are trying to be silenced, while Sumi Anjuman places herself at the centre of issues of social injustice in her home in Bangladesh. From LGBTQ rights, to violence against women, to mass deforestation, her poetic imagery documents important stories and calls to action.
We also feature the work of M’hammed Kilito, Micaiah Carter, Neha Hirve, Rafael Pavarotti, Thana Faroq, Valya Lee, David Uzochukwu, Alina Frieske, Michael Swann, Agnieszka Sejud, Eliska Sky, Abdo Shanan and Kennedi Carter.
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