Best of 2016 #photoessay

Ten of the most interesting photoessays by photographers and artists we published in 2016.

Silvia Camporesi, Atlas Italiae
We choosed some of the most significant photoessays of this year. They describe the world critically, with reportage, some times to read famous architectures but also the migrant crisis, the financial one or to fix what is going to disappear forever.

– Frank Herfort captures the often melancholyc atmosphere of Russian interiors and everyday life, influenced by building materials, stirring up conflicting emotions, from the poetic to distressing.

– The images, by Roberto Conte, are part of a much wider and long term photo project on Brutalist architecture all over the world, aiming to rediscover these structures and their influence.

– During one and a half year Silvia Camporesi explored all the twenty Italian regions, looking for forgotten and abandoned villages and buildings. Atlas Italiae is an atlas of the disappearance.

– The Iranian photographer Jalal Sepehr recounts, through different series, the sufferings and continuos alarm of the Middle Eastern populations due to wars and emigration.

– After four years spent capturing what financial crises left behind in the Portuguese built environment, Nelson Garrido unveils a surreal scenario at the Venice Biennale.

– Marinos Tsagkarakis’ project is a tribute to all the lost paradises, where mass tourism has turned the land into a commodity, with poor architecture, between kitsch and folklore, and a feeling of desolation after peak season.

– Marco Tiberio photographed the refugee camp in Calais to talk about immigration from an unusual perspective, the ones of architecture and urbanism of this place, whose homes can tell us much more than we think about the refugees life and origins.

– Jan Vranovský observes the “diagram of forces” in Japanese cities, full of unexpected combinations and details, formed spontaneously as a breathing architectural ecosystem.

– New York-based – and NY lover – photographer Max Touhey captured the last images of Eero Saarinen’s 1962 terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport before its transformation into an hotel.

– In Bas Princen’s photos, each image is suspended within uncertain temporality between past and future; the present constitutes a moment of contemplation.

Top: Silvia Camporesi, Atlas Italiae, 2015

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