I’ve featured Manjari Sharma on here before, with her shower series, but there is so much more to her work. I urge you to spend some time looking through her portfolios – she is a very talented young photographer.
Original and impressive work from Noemie Goudal
Luis Gonzalez Palma is a Guatemala born, Argentina based photographer and artist with some fascinating work.
Vivian Maier has been all over photo blogs in recent months. The story is wonderful – Maier was a nanny in Chicago who in her freetime walked the streets of the city taking thousands of photos. A few years ago John Maloof purchased more than 100,000 images, plus rolls of undeveloped film, at an auction. The photos are excellent and a fascinating snapshot of the city. Maloof has done a great job in putting the photos up on a dedicated blog. A book and a film are in the pipleline.
Katarzyna Widmańska is an incredibly talented photographer producing beautiful, and often slightly surreal, work.
As I typically don’t read books until they come out in paperback, and even then often a year or two after their release, it is not possible for me to do a “best books of the year” list. However, I can list the best books I have read this year. And these are:
Top Five Non Fiction
1. Barbara Demick – Nothing To Envy: Real Lives in North Korea
2. Ben McIntyre – Operation Mincemeat
3. Geoff Dyer – Working The Room: Essays
4. Ben MacIntyre – Agent Zig Zag
5. John Lanchester – Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay
Top Five Fiction
1. Michael Chabon – Kavlier and Clay
2. Colm Toibin – Brooklyn
3. Colum McCann – Let The Great World Spin
4. Simon Mawer – Glass Room
5. Wells Tower – Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned