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Dazed Digital: Best of Photography 2011

We look back at another stellar year of RISE profiles on young and talented photographers

In terms of photography, 2011 was another great year for Dazed Digital. We continued pushing our RISE photography section, constantly looking for worldwide talent to promote. Except for the next generation of photographers, we also fulfilled our promise to write about the great ones as well, the ones inspiring teenagers all over the globe to pick up a camera and document the world the way they see it. Among others we spoke to Deborah Turbeville, Rankin & Damien Hirst, Nan Goldin, Hedi Slimane about new books and exhibitions. A few Dazed collaborators were also highlighted, most notably Holly & Kasia, Toyin IbidapoJoanna Schlenzka's Style Calendar for 2012 and a piece on a Corinne Day exhibition.

Other photo-related Dazed activities during 2011 included our 'Just Tell The Truth' project. As part of Mike Figgis one-day festival at the Royal Opera House in September, we invited you to confess and 'tell the truth' over a RISE photo of your choice. Utilising the thousands of archived photos on Dazed Digital, the combination of your messages and the beauty of the images made for an excellent tribute to our RISE section. Also the Jefferson Hack-curated part of FOAM Gallery's 'What's Next' expo drew inspiration from this part of Dazed Digital. Hack invited photographers from all over the world to send in a photo, and a selected few made the Amsterdam exhibition, which also included works by Andrea Spotorno, Anthony Maule, Ari Marcopoulos, Kacper Kasprzyk, Niall O'Brien, Sharif Hamza, and Viviane Sassen. Keep an eye out for more excellent photography on Dazed Digital - from both newcomers and established artists - in 2012...

Kristie Muller
The Canadian artist wishes she still had her stash of pre-teen photos...

Yasmine Laraqui
The French photographer draws around the concept of a 'script' for her models in new photo series 'Sans Degre'.

Matthew Brandt
We talk to the experimental image maker about his latest collection, entitled 'Lakes and Reservoirs' and consisting of unique and colourful imagery.

Hannah Nagle
The 17-year-old photographer might have interned with Mario Testino but it was her Gustave Klimt-inspired glitter images that impressed us.

Petra Stenvall
The Swedish native and LCC student tells us more about her project 'The Americans' and how the screen became her studio.

Natasha Nunñez
‏The maverick young photographer and co-founder of all girl zine 'teenVag' chats to us about celebrating femininity and coming of age in her work.

Nadirah Zakariya
The photographer chats to Dazed about growing up globetrotting, her current fascination with nostalgia in her latest work and staying true to her vision.

Arnaud Lajeunie
The Paris-based image maker expands on how his quiet sensuality explores the lines of the body and manipulates them in his arresting shots.

Sara Naim
In 'Fifteen Fucking Fotos for every Filthy Friday', the New York-based photographer chose little stories around her to document daily life.

Misha de Ridder
Inspired by light and climate, the Amsterdam-based artist shoots otherworldly images playing on natural symmetry across Scandinavia.