American Photo’s 2012 Images of the Year are selected from a pool of nominees that the editors of the magazine along with some of the keenest observers of photography from the worlds of art, museum and professional photography, collaborate to make.
From all of the nominations American Photo’s editors make the final selection of what they feel to be the most powerful, most influential and most captivating photographs of 2012.
Above is New York Magazine; August 20, 2012: Kim Kardashian has been photographed countless times, so when Dukovic was assigned to shoot her for the cover of New York’s Fall Fashion issue, he hoped to portray her in a unique but iconic way.
Time; August 16, 2012: We had a feeling that this year’s Images of the Year would include at least one shot with a phone. For Time’s first issue devoted to wireless technology, Brown captured these images using an iPhone and the Hipstamatic app.
Handgun; personal project: An editorial commission to shoot a question mark made of pills inspired the image above; when the work was done, Eschliman wanted to take the idea further. That led to a series that also includes a syringe, a dollar sign and a smiley face—all made of pills.
W; October 2012: Inspired by the dark colors of last fall’s fashions, Thompson and W Magazine fashion director Edward Enninful dreamed up a story depicting a small-town family in their Sunday best.
The Car Poolers; personal project: While shooting an assignment on the ways Mexicans use their streets, Alejandro Cartagena noticed construction workers stowing away in the beds of pickup trucks from the suburbs of Monterrey to the city of San Pedro.
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