January 2020

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The January Issue

Our annual Cool + Noteworthy issue returns with our pick of some of the best photography and notable events from the year 2019, including new projects from Rob Hornstra, Paul Cupido, Mark Duffy and Luca Missoni, theatre from Russian art collective AES+F, as well as special collaborations from Steve McQueen, Ronan Mckenzie and Aïda Muluneh and the opening of new photography museums in Lille and the Italian Dolomites, among many others.

Two new photography museums – Lumen Museum of Mountain Photography in the spectacular Italian Dolomites and the Institut pour la photographie in Lille, France – opened their doors as new contenders of impressive photography venues in Europe.

Steve McQueen’s Year 3 project celebrating diversity in London primary schools; Ronan Mckenzie’s partnership with Universal Standard promoting body positivity; and Aïda Muluneh’s work for WaterAid make for three outstanding collaborations of the past year.

Among the notable photographers launching conspicuous photobooks are Paul Cupido, Luca Missoni and Daniel C. Blight. Elsewhere, Taschen publish a two-volume book entitled Dior/ Lindbergh, paying tribute to the late icon of fashion photography.

In theatre and film, the Russian art collective AES+F creates an otherworldly version of Puccini’s Turnadot, and a moving documentary titled Shooting the Mafia profiles the fearless Sicilian photojournalist, Letizia Battaglia.

Experiments with surreal self-portraiture result in a dark yet cathartic project by Petra Collins, made in collaboration with Baron Magazine for its sixth issue.

Azubuike Nwagbogu celebrates the 10th edition of LagosPhoto, the Nigeria-based international festival of photography he founded.

The exhibitions we highlight in this issue draw both on the past and present issues, from colonial history and the Holocaust, to first-hand experiences of incarceration and, of course, Brexit. They feature the work of Malala Andrialavidrazana, Anton Kusters, Shahidul Alam, Vik Muniz and Mark Duffy.

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