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2018: The Year in Photos & Illustrations

bestofphotos1244Images are integral to the way we appreciate sound; a great cover sets a mood, and puts you in the right headspace to appreciate the sonics behind the sleeve. We approach the illustration and photography we publish from the same angle: How well does it communicate the sound of the music? Does it convey something about this artist, or this scene, that enhances the way we understand it?

One of the best parts of my job is the chance to work with people who explore different ways of looking at the world—who can listen to a record and translate it into pictures. Our illustrators approach their work from a dizzying array of viewpoints, but they all share the same ideal: trying to communicate something unique about music. My favorite visuals this year have been the illustrations that come at the topic from an unexpected angle. Annu Kilpeläinen’s artwork captured the psychedelia of the Colombian electronica scene by channeling René Magritte; Sophie Hollington’s lino cuts captured the mood of dark ambient in a way that no other medium could have.

All artwork is collaborative, but our photography is overtly so. The best photographs are a conversation between the people on either side of the lens, and I often envy our photographers for the chance to spend time with and work with my favorite musicians. The selections we’ve chosen here either reveal something about their subjects, as with Sarah Bernhardt’s incredible images of Helena Hauff, or challenge our preconceptions, like Jun Yokoyama’s funny but melancholy shoot with Emamouse on the streets of Tokyo. As these images add context to the music, we wanted to complete the circle by asking their makers to reveal how they were made.

-Emma Shore, Editorial Art Director

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2017: The Year in Photos

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A look back at our favorite photos of the year.

Bandcamp is home to amazing musicians all over the world, so it’s only natural that we’d want Bandcamp Daily to feature independent photographers who also have unique and exciting perspectives. The process behind a photoshoot with an artist often requires multiple coordinated efforts, and can take place under stressful conditions, with tight time limits. It’s a credit to our photographers that none of these pressures are evident in their final resonate images. It’s always our goal with our original photography to elevate the message of the musicians we profile, and to allow for a meaningful collaboration between talented musicians and photographers. We reached out to some of the photographers we worked with over the course of the past year and asked them to share their behind-the-scenes thoughts and secrets. These are our favorite photoshoots of the year.

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