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Photography 2012 - editor's highlights

It's been a hefty year on the photographic front from in-depth chats with Juergen Teller, Ellen von Unwerth, and Walter Pfeiffer

From scouting rising young talents around the globe as always, including Serbian photographer Marija Strajnic shooting emotive snaps from her life, the NY-based, Ryan McGinley-assisting Peter Kaaden exploring alt porn, and Jukka Ovaskainen's 90s depiction of the Finnish countryside - to documenting girl skaters in our native LondonSweden and Denmark, it's been one hell of a journey with the most exciting new photographers we met this year.

Elsewhere, huge cult icons like the high-punk collagist Linder Sterling
 spoke to us about her love of ballet in our extended interview, whilst everyone's favourite 'master' of the raw, over-exposed aesthetic, Juergen Teller guided us through his Irene im Wald project created as a love letter to his mother. We dove headfirst into legendary 70s photographer Walter Pfeiffer's vivacious, colourful world, and met the celebrated feminine photographer/director Ellen von Unwerth, to speak about the erotic fantasy narratives of her personal project 'Do Not Disturb!'.

Our hugely popular Zine Watch series found the best in zine culture, bringing to light the tasteful food journal, The Gourmand, to the 62nd Floor's artful nudity, Igor Termenon's titilating Girls on Film, and the five volume project, I Think We're Alone Now. Personal favourites included our meeting with the king of cut-up photography, John Stezaker, known for his manipulation of vintage images of forgotten film stars in bygone eras as he won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012
. Plus as the Curiosity Rover landed in August, all eyes were on Mars, including ours (#nerds) as we discovered rare NASA photos from the 1970s in London/Munich gallery Daniel Blau's exhibition restructuring detailed photographs taken by the Mariner 4 and Viking 1 missions. 

Last but not least, we ended things this year by bringing out the big guns with our favourite kinds of pics - MOVING ONES. We got a fashion blogger, a certified GIF designer and a video artist to bring you GIF-mas! You're welcome.

Peter Kaaden

We meet the German-born, New York-based photographer working with Ryan McGinley who explores his love of nudity and alt porn

Juergen Teller: Irene im Wald

The photographer on the importance of family and going back to his roots

Q&A: Walter Pfeiffer

A peek into the private world of fashion's greatest underground photographer, as featured in the October issue of Dazed & Confused

Ellen von Unwerth

We speak to the international photographer about the fantasy narrative of her recent personal project