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This Year’s Best 35mm Photographers

This Year’s Best 35mm Photographers

By Tyler Watamanuk

There is plenty of hype surrounding a so-called “resurgence” in film photography, but I’m not so sure that film ever really went out of style. Instagram and Tumblr may have given a recent boom in exposure to this niche of photography, but these guys and girls have been shooting film and honing their craft long before the hashtag #filmisnotdead. Take a look at the list of 35mm—and some medium format—photographers that you should be following in the new year.

London-based photographer Samuel Bradley had a very busy 2015, including a two major covers:  Benedict Cumberbatch for OUT and Skepta for The Fader. If that wasn’t enough, he has shot an impressive amount of editorials for the likes of ASOS, Highsnobiety, and Timberland.

Instagram: @samuelbradley
Website: samuelbradley.com

While originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Atisha Paulson now lives and works out of Brooklyn. Coming from a mixed background of fashion and advertising, the photographer kept very busy this year, shooting for the likes of Nylon Girls, Cake Magazine, and LadyGunn Magazine.

Instagram: @atishapaulson
Website: atishapaulson.com

A regular contributor for Oyster, Dakota Gordon has been anything but idle this year. The Ausralian photographer has kept busy with a number of editorials, as well as shooting portraits of a variety of musicians.

Instagram: @dk.gordon
Website: dakota-gordon.com

Hailing from Los Angeles, the work of Larsen Sotelo features dreamy California landscapes and doesn’t skimp on skin. This year saw the photographer using his distinct style to shoot editorials for Jeffery Campbell, P Magazine, Be-Street and many others.

Instagram: @larsensotelo
Website: larsensotelo.com

Italian-born Sara Sani is currently based in Miami when she’s not traveling the globe and taking photos. Her work ranges between a mix of streetwear and intimate editorials—this year she shot for the likes of Stussy, Highsnobiety, and the newly launched Her Magazine.

Instagram: @sara_sani
Website: cargocollective.com/sarasani

 

Jason Lee Parry is just about a household name at this point. The California photographer and his model-muse-wife Jenny have proven to be an unstoppable duo. His recent work from the year includes editorials and campaigns for the likes of Free People, Marshall Headphones, and almost too many magazines to count.

Instagram: @jasonleeparry
Website: jasonleeparry.com

Calling both Paris and New York home, Christina Paik has seemingly been everywhere this year. She’s a regular collaborator with Virgil Abloh and his Off-White label, and has shot for just about all your favorite magazines and blogs.

Instagram: @christinapaik
Website: christinapaik.com

French photographer Viktor Vauthier spends the year between Madrid, Los Angeles, Paris, and London which has allowed him to have quite a year. Working with the likes of Converse, ASOS, Urban Outfitters, and Topshop, Vauthier still manages to be the in-house photographer for the acclaimed skate label, Bianca Chandôn.

Instagram: @viktorvauthier
Website: viktorvauthier.tumblr.com

An up-and-coming photographer from New York, Derek Balarezo is quickly making a name for himself. This past year saw Balarezo collaborate on a capsule collection with brand Aimé Leon Dore as well as a number of quality editorials, including one for sneaker heavyweights Filling Pieces.

Instagram: @derek.blu
Website: derekbalarezo.com

Coming out of London, Mafalda Silvia is a great photographer who has worked with the likes of Opening Ceremony, American Apparel, and many others. Her raw and intimate style blurs the lines between editorial and portrait.

Instagram: @mafaldasilva
Website: mafalda-silva.com

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