Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you would have seen the Dazed 100 has dropped. With the blessing of last year’s people’s choice winner Hari Nef, we set to work curating 100 of the musicians, photographers, filmmakers, designers, activists and models who are set to shape culture in 2016. As you can imagine, there’s a lot to get through, so, to save you falling face first into a talent worm hall – although I recommend you do that too – here we shine a spotlight on the photographers making us stop and think. Keep an eye out next week for the goodness that will be part two.
20-year-old New York-based photographer/filmmaker Tyler Mitchell is no stranger to Dazed. First catching our attention with the release of his first photo book, the pastel-hued El Paquete – which he travelled to Cuba to shoot last summer. He was back blowing our minds again at the end of 2015 with a dreamy music video for Kevin Abstract’s lo-fi R&B track “Echo”.
PETRA COLLINS (@PETRACOLLINS)
While she's no newcomer, Canadian-born photographer (and Richard Kern protegee) continues to be a force to be reckoned with. What started as a shot being taken down for “breaching Instagram guidelines” (a cropped shot of an unshaven bikini line) has snowballed her career into one of the most in-demand photographers working today. All this and she’s only 23.
MAISIE COUSINS (@MAISIECOUSINS)
London-native Maisie Cousins is in a league of her own. Likely because she’s got an incredible vision and partly because she’s (intentionally) grossed out her competition. Seeing beauty in the beasts that are our bodies – gooey, icky, slimy – she sets our senses into overdrive.
HARLEY WEIR (@HARLEYWEIR)
A formidable force in fashion’s new gen, last year, Weir shot the likes of Young Thug at his mansion in Atlanta for Dazed's Autumn 2015 issue, posing in Molly Goddard tulle dresses and Gucci robes. Outside of Dazed, she worked with Jacquemus, Christopher Kane and Missoni, producing a continuous stream of spell binding images. When quizzed on how to best describe her work she doesn’t need a sentence, just one word; “beautiful”.
CLARA BALZARY (@CLARAZARA)
Last seen tripping from LA to the Grand Canyon for our #DZDNMD travel diary series, it’s clear that Balzary was a born go-getter. Raised on the road, touring with her father Flea's band, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, it’s the way that she sees the world around her – beaches, fields, falling leaves in Autumn – that has us most star struck.