The Best New Yorker Photography of 2017

Photographs from this year's best photography for The New Yorker.

The editors at The New Yorker have chosen their best photos that represent a tumultuous year full of surrealism. Sprinkled in-between the stories of political upheaval and societal issues, are stories of creative genius in television, on the stage, in fashion, in books, etc. These stories inspire us to cultivate our creativity and to find moments of lightness in such strange times.

Some interesting, behind-the-scenes stories from this year’s The New Yorker’s photoshoots provide insight on how some of the photographs are much more than meets the eye. For instance, the editors share the plight of photographer Max Pinckers in North Korea, “Max Pinckers had his flash taken away when he went to Pyongyang with Evan Osnos, but he MacGyvered a new one out of a flashlight and duct tape, and his photos from that trip capture hairline cracks in the façade that Kim Jong Un’s regime erects for the outside world.

With such an eclectic view of this year, you may feel your head spin. Beautycon LA, the fight for Mosul, and the opioid epidemic in the USA, a glimpse into life in North Korea; all issues that highlight the importance of photography in our age of surrealism.

This edit is an edited version of The New Yorker’s top picks, so please click the link below to explore more.

An attendee of Beautycon LA. Photograph by Eva O’Leary for The New Yorker.
The photo-illustration by Thomas Albdorf envisions what CO2 removal would look like. Photo-Illustration by Thomas Albdorf for The New Yorker.
The plumassier Eric Charles-Donatien. Photograph by Pari Dukovic for The New Yorker.
In Sweden, two girls suffer from Uppgivenbetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, a condition that is said to exist only among refugees. Photography by Magnus Wennman for The New Yorker.
Students at the Pyongyang Orphan’s Secondary School in North Korea. Photograph by Max Pinckers for The New Yorker.
Ahmed, a suspected ISIS militant, is beaten and interrogated by Iraqi Police outside of Mosul. Photograph by Victor J. Blue for The New Yorker
Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson of “Broad City.” Photograph by Richard Burbridge for The New Yorker
Hailey Kilgore, who starred in a Broadway revival of “Once on this Island.” Photo by Pari Dukovic for The New Yorker


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