Susan Sontag believed that to photograph is to participate in another’s mortality, vulnerability, and mutability.
She wrote: “Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” This year we have shared stories from around the globe, from places as far-reaching as Namibia and Iceland. For our 2016 travel round-up we’ve selected photographs whose beauty and intent we believe make them pieces worthy of looking back on. We’re sure you’ll agree.
The Best Pictures From 2016
From over 300 photographs, we selected our favorites.
We would like to thank all of our travel contributors, with special thanks to: Fran Parenta, Max D’Orsogna, Kenny Hurtado, Kate Baliss, Adrian Morris, Mitch Duncan, Alex Strohl, Desmond Louw, John Michael, Corey Arnold, Yannis Drakoulidis, Anaïs and Dax Wade, Jeff Ambrose, Natela Grigalashvili, Steven Simon, and of course—Robert Rieger and Daniel Müller.
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Photo of Mustafah Abdulaziz by Daniel Müller