11 best photographers of 2022
As every year, watch out for this tradition! wants to start the new year with a look at the best talent of the past year. 2022 was full of discoveries and rediscoveries. Here is a selection of the best photographers.
Teresa Freitas, escape to the pastel world
Teresa Freitas comes from Cascais, a coastal village in Portugal. The artist presents a unique universe full of dreams and sweetness with his photos. Teresa Freitas does not find these particular colors in Portuguese landscapes. The magic mostly works during retouching. He then brings stunning colors from a mix of pastel shades and vibrant tones to his shots, transforming the spaces into safe and tranquil places for a momentary escape.
Chiron Duong celebrates the richness of Vietnam
Vietnamese artist and fashion photographer Chiron Duong highlights the cultural and artistic richness of Vietnam, especially through the composition of the color palette, the choice of embodied symbols or concepts. Through his photographs, he conveys the mystery of folklore, belief and religion in the lives of Asians.
His way of dealing with human emotions is remarkable. He never leaves the choice of pigment to chance. According to him, colors carry emotions with them.
" [En Grandissant], nous devenons tellement réalistes, cela nous vide. C’est pourquoi j’ai vraiment envie de rappeler cette atmosphère mystérieuse, onirique, fantaisiste, colorée comme l’expérimente un enfant, mais avec la vulnérabilité propre à l’adulte. “
Considered one of the greatest landscape photographers, Tom Hegen has been exploring the world’s flora and fauna for years. Having a strong sensitivity to nature, he decided to expose the amazing impact humans have on ecosystems.
Tom Hegen, often forgotten by photographers because of the monstrous hills, went to photograph Namibia, where mountains visible from the sky, sand and sea embrace each other. The artist is able to convey all the sensitivity of the health of our planet from his helicopter.
In my aerial photography, I focus on landscapes that have been heavily altered by human intervention. I try to make the viewer aware of these issues by looking at the extraordinary forces affecting our environment. “
Andrew McCarthy, Connor Mathern and their forever photos
2022 was also a year of renewed interest in the Moon, with the Artemis space program delighting two astrophotographers, Andrew McCarthy and Connor Mathern.
The two men met a few years ago on Reddit before discovering a shared passion for astrophotography. They then decide to embark on a crazy project to photograph the Moon like never before. It took more than nine months to prepare this series of shots.
Cody Cobb and his use of UV light
With the Spectral series, Cody Cobb set out to explore the American West with his camera and ultraviolet light. Thanks to this lighting, it brings out the special luminescence of organic matter in minerals and plants, giving a supernatural aspect to American landscapes. UV light then produces blue and orange tones.
Levon Biss, noted macro photographer
47-year-old Levon Biss chose macro photography as a message to present and future generations. “When you look at something very closely, it’s very different from when you just look at it with your eyes.” It is because of this difference of opinion that Levon Biss warns about the decline of insect populations.
For his photo series Extinct and endangeredeach of these works was created from 10,000 individual photographs taken under the microscope, or approximately three weeks of work per photograph.
Macro photography is a window into the invisible world
Ryan Schude, photographer mixing art
Photographer Ryan Schud, who graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, uses all of his university training in compositions that combine painting, film, and photography. This unique and atypical mix is used by the artist to stage everyday moments, giving the viewer a “frozen frame” feeling. The simplicity of the stories told there, mixed with the complexity of the realization, make these photographs complex works.
Reuben Wu and Jenni Pasanen: a code-breaking collaboration
Between photography and artificial intelligence, Reuben Wu’s collaboration with Jenny Pasanen has earned its place among the best photo creations of 2022. This year, the British photographer, director and producer teamed up with digital painting expert Jenny Pasanen.
Without ever meeting, the two artists created six works in six months. Series Shapeshifter depicts a post-apocalyptic world where only natural landscapes remain. Reuben Wu’s photography skills combined with Jenni Pasanen’s classic aesthetic and futuristic techniques give this series an almost supernatural feel.
William Keo and his coverage of the war in Ukraine
William Keo, 25, an expert on population movements, social exclusion and community intolerance, is a nominated member of Magnum Photos. In 2022, he covered the war in Ukraine Let it goAn area he already knows, having photographed the Donbass war in 2018.
Photography will always be subjective and therefore sometimes even often a limited and perhaps not the most suitable medium for telling the ‘truth’. As honest as possible on a subject, it will bring at least one appearance.
Attention William Keo!
Victor Balaguer captures the Camargue in winter
32-year-old French architect and photographer Victor Balaguer immortalized the cold and foggy landscapes of the Camargue on a winter morning in January 2022.
In this series, the photographer captures the opposite landscape of the usual images of this region. “I’m used to seeing this land called the Camargue burning in the summer sun,” he explains. Capturing this extraordinary moment makes him think: “What if the true beauty of the Camargue was hidden in these few winter days? »
Jonk and his world tour of abandoned places
Paris-based photographer Jonk published a book in March 2022 collecting the best photos taken during his 1,500 city explorations. In World of Urbex, Jonk provides a message in favor of ecology to raise awareness of the hegemony of nature, including the most robust constructions. Watching these objects of human activity disintegrate before his eyes, Conk cannot help but think about the future and the global takeover of nature’s power over the world.
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