Karine Aigner
Best Photos 2019 / National Geographic
Curated By Whitney Johnson
by Eve Conant / National Geographic
International

“He put a camera in a carcass and waited for the wolves to come.” That, says Whitney Johnson, director of visuals and immersive experiences, is the kind of effort that makes for a standout National Geographic photo. How does she choose 100 photos from 106 photographers, 121 stories, and more than two million images taken over the course of a year? “I count on my great photo editors,” says Johnson.

There are many such moments here, from military exercises in a warming Arctic and Rwandan schoolgirls flexing their muscles to Alex Honnold climbing El Capitan’s sheer face without ropes. Johnson calls that particular photo run “a whole stretch of strength across space and time.”

Featuring photographers Moises Saman, Jennifer Emerling, among many others.

  • RE/SISTERS
    Publication
    Prestel
    International

    This exploration of the relationship between gender and ecology brings together around fifty emerging and established artists across the fields of photography and film. Reflecting on a range of themes, from extractive industries to the politics of care, this book looks at environmental and gender justice as indivisible parts of a global struggle. (more…)

  • Patrick Weldé: Freiheit
    Publication
    Goswell Road
    International

    On the occasion of our exhibition with Weldé at CFAlive Milan L’AMOUR TOUJOURS, we publish a new edition of the previously sold-out book that we produced with Weldé in 2017, FREIHEIT. All of the photographs in FREIHEIT were taken by Weldé on disposable cameras between 2011-2015. They show a tender side to the artist and his friend circle, and the purest form of trust. (more…)

  • Tongues of Fire
    Feb 22 – May 5, 2024
    Kunsthall Trondheim
    Trondheim, Norway

    In response to our home building’s former life as a fire station, and Trondheim’s history as a city shaped by blazes whose traces are still present in its design today, this group exhibition brings together artists who have been deeply touched and transformed through the challenges manifest in the burnt and burning. Hailing from diverse generations and backgrounds, these individuals converge to explore how flames have served as agents of change across time and space. (more…)

  • An-My Lê: Between Two Rivers
    Nov 5, 2023 – Mar 16, 2024
    MoMA
    New York, USA

    For 30 years, the photographs of artist An-My Lê have engaged the complex fictions that inform how we justify, represent, and mythologize warfare and other forms of conflict. Lê does not take a straightforward photojournalistic approach to depicting combat. Rather, with poetic attention to politics and landscape, she meditates on the meaning of perpetual violence, war’s environmental impact, and the significance of diaspora. (more…)

  • Maria Sturm: You Don’t Look Native to Me
    Publication
    Void
    International

    In 2011, Maria Sturm began to photograph the lives of young people from the Lumbee Tribe around Pembroke, Robeson County, North Carolina. Through the process of documenting their lives, Sturm began to question her own understanding of what it means to be Native American. Her new book You Don’t Look Native to Me combines photographs with interviews and texts to preconceptions and show Native identity not as fixed, but evolving and redefining itself with each generation. (more…)