15 Exciting Contemporary Photographers You Need to Watch


Seeking a sense of what’s new in photography, we headed up to the Park Avenue Armory for the 32nd edition of the AIPAD Photography Show New York, which runs through April 1. Once inside the fair, we blocked out all of the marvelous vintage prints on view in order to focus on photos from the past few years that are taking the medium to new heights. From Matthew Brandt’s landscapes of lakes that are beautifully altered by the very water from those ponds and Laura Letinsky’s deconstructed still lives made from her previous prints to Michael Wolf’s screen grabs of mishaps from Google Street Views and Jim Campbell’s urban scenes with shadowy figures digitally moving through them, photography is shown to still be an open field with endless possibilities. Click through to view a few of our favorites.

Matthew Brandt

Matthew Brandt, Mary’s Lake, MT 4, 2012, From the series Lakes and Reservoirs, Chromogenic print soaked in Mary’s Lake water, Unique, 72″ x 105″ (182.88 x 266.7 cm), Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Untitled, from the series East of Eden, 2011. Inkjet print, 40 x 49 1/2 inches, 101.6 x 125.7 cm, Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York

Chip Simone

Chip Simone, Ron Paul Ripped, Atlanta, 2007 (printed 2012). Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Jim Campbell

Jim Campbell, Fundamental Interval Rain, 2012. Custom electronics, LEDs, and Duratrans, 33″x44″. Courtesy Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf, A Series of Unfortunate Events #01, 2010. Chromogenic print, 40 x 50 inches. © Michael Wolf. Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein, NY

Abelardo Morell

Abelardo Morell, Two Women in Hopper Book, 2011. 50 x 60 inches. Courtesy Bonni Benrubi Gallery

Laura Letinsky

Laura Letinsky, Untitled #29, 2011, from the series Ill Form and Void Full. © Laura Letinsky, Courtesy the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery


Moby, Sweet Apocalypse, 2011. 38.5″ x 80.” © Moby. Courtesy Kopeikin Gallery

Didier Massard

Didier Massard, The Tower of Babel, 2012. Chromogenic print, 37 x 47 inches. Courtesy Julie Saul Gallery

Hendrik Kerstens

Hendrik Kerstens, Aluminium, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Danziger Gallery

Karen Knorr

Karen Knorr, The Return of the Hunter, 2012. Courtesy Eric Franck Fine Art, London

Valerie Belin

Valerie Belin, Cape of Good Hope, 2011. Courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

Benoit Aquin

Benoit Aquin, Carnaval II, Jacmel, Haïti, 2011. ©Benoit Aquin. Courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto

Julie Blackmon

Julie Blackmon, Olive and Market Street, 2012. Archival pigment print, 35 x 49 inches. Courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Jen Davis

Jen Davis, Untitled No. 39, 2010. Chromogenic color photograph, 11 x 14 inches. Courtesy of Lee Marks Fine Art