May 12, 2012
Erwin Olaf, Elena Dorfman, Nick & Chloé, Jamie Chung, and Gillian Laub make the list this year for AI-AP’s American Photography 28. The annual competition recognizes the best photographs from the past year. A distinguished jury of editors from The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Newsweek/DailyBeast, and Details selected the best from 2011 that will be published in a book this fall.
Two photographs by Elena Dorfman made the list. The first is her portrait of director David Lynch forTelegraph Magazine. The second is from her new series Empire Falling that features abandoned and active rock quarries in the Midwest. Four images from Erwin Olaf’s personal series Keyhole,which explores the theme of shame and invites the viewers to be the voyeur, were selected.
Gillian Laub’s personal series Girls At War, featuring teenage female settlers in Israel, and Tel Aviv Beach, a photo essay on the city’s popular seaside attraction, were both honored. Additionally her portrait of disgraced pastor Ted Haggard for GQ made the list. A photograph from Nick & Chloé’s personal series “Exile, Lord of all the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea,” on the aesthetic of tyranny in the last days of a dictators’ wife was also selected. Finally, Jamie Chung’s entry was his photograph of the history of phones for Popular Mechanics.
Learn more about the AI-AP American Photography 28 here.
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