One of the best things about writing for a website dedicated to art and design is you’re never short of great pictures to look at. Even by that standard, though, 2013 was an embarrassment of riches when it came to fantastic photography, and Co.Design was particularly lucky to be able to play host to some of the best photo series and photographers of the year.
Condoms that actually feel good. Cardboard furniture. Micro apartments. No wait—pico apartments. Here is the best we saw in design for social good this year.
This is C.A.R.L., a beautiful and sad robot.
Superheroes and window washers aside, most New Yorkers don’t spend much time leaning off rooftops 50 stories above the ground. But the view straight down is fairly spectacular.
It’s a side of the city most people never see in quite this way, which is one of the reasons Navid Baraty’s series of photos ended up on the walls of the Bowling Green subway station as part of the MTA’s Arts for Transit program.
Affected by her brother’s near-fatal car accident, artist Diane Meyer explores the concept of memory by cross-stitching photographs.
Why didn’t the mothers simply pose with their children? According to Linda Fregni Nagler, editor of The Hidden Mother, a new book that collects 1,002 photographs (from daguerrotypes to cartes de visite, and cabinet cards) in which a mother is hiding somewhere in the portrait of her progeny,
it reflects one of the core instincts of motherhood: to deny oneself in deference to the child. In the case of the photographs compiled in The Hidden Mother, Nagler notes that mothers have often opted to hide themselves in order to immortalize a child who might not live to be the subject of another photo, owing to the high infant mortality rates of the period.
The Morpholio Project announces the winners for its EyeTime 2013 competition.
These days, everybody has a headshot. If you don’t know what you’re doing with your eyes, your mouth, or your jaw to make sure that yours look their best, portrait photographer Peter Hurley is here to instruct you.
In the book Our Beautiful, Fragile World, photojournalist Peter Essick takes us on a tour of the world’s altered landscapes, from an eroded hillside in Joshua Tree National Park to an oil sands mining operation in Alberta, Canada’s boreal forest. “Our natural world is constantly changing,” writes Essick. “What is different among landscapes is the rate and degree of change. After viewing the images, it’s impossible not to wonder: how can we do better?”
Photographer Jimmy Nelson documents the world’s disappearing cultures in his book, Before They Pass Away.
E.B. Boyd, embedded reporter in Afghanistan, profiles the leadership transition from the Marines to the Afghan National Army, and the effort and innovation behind it.