Best of 2015
January 1, 2016
Where did the year go? I know everyone thinks this come December, but I'm really at a loss here. Every year I compile a list of the major photography outlets' choices for best photos and a few lists of photography reviews for your binge-ing pleasure in case you missed anything. I also attempt to slap together a collection of my own personal bests, and I'm happy to report that 2015 was one of the best years photographically for me, though it went by way too fast. I criss-crossed the globe, from spending the beginning of the year in Israel, Jordan, Hawaii and southern California, to dispatching myself on numerous road trips and spending time traversing the California and Oregon coast, as well as a handful of national parks. I got to meet fabulous couples getting engaged and be a part of amazingly fun weddings (as well as get to have my own). And I got to head out to communities I know and love to tell their stories.
I usually divide my photography into categories--my main ones being portraiture (and weddings), documentary storytelling and travel--and then pick a dozen or so of my favorites to share. But this year I couldn't jumble them all together, I had to keep them separate. So there are three separate galleries of my 2015 best-of collection below, though the categories are a bit different. The documentary side of things for me this year was a little dry, instead travel and portraits and weddings dominated my photographic schedule, and I threw in a best film shots gallery, too.
So we'll see what 2016 brings--I've already got plans for photo essays and have got weddings booking up quick--hopefully there will be more travel and, of course, great images. Happy new year, everybody.
Year in review
The year in photos from The New York Times
Getty Images' Year in Focus review
Photographers from the Prime Collective remember 2015 in photos
List of bests
The New Yorker's favorite portraits from 2015
The year's best landscapes from 500px
Pictures of the year chosen by the photographers at Magnum
GoPro's list of best shots from their users (it's extreme!)
PDN's top ten photos of the day ... of the year
Best of Fotografia Magazine
BBC rounds up how the Internet lied to you this year
The winners of the 2015 National Geographic photo contest
In memoriam: the photographers we lost this year
Now, for my personal bests starting with travel: