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The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER)

Butts, flowers on fire, Migos.

December 20, 2017
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Winter Fashion   Photography by Caroline Tompkins. Fashion by Shibon Kennedy.

The day Trump became president I watched the inauguration on my laptop while editing a fashion story about butts.

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The next day I walked down 5th Ave. breastfeeding my daughter. We were surrounded by thousands of other women. We were yelling.

The following 12 months would be punctuated by moments like this. A constant tug between the rhythm of motherhood and this serrated American moment.

The photography I love from this year occupies a similar space. These are images that wobble. Bodies fall, stretch, and are pressed against glass. Faces are obscured by leaves, hands, shadow, or viced by a bison jaw. A rose is on fire.

These are photos that feel like 2017 to me. A bit stuck. A bit free.

The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Kelela   Photographer Renell Medrano. Fashion by Shibon Kennedy.
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Stormzy   Photography by Carlota Guerrero. Fashion by Margherita Alaimo.
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Dreamcrusher   Nathan Bajar
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Perfume Genius   Photography by Cara Stricker. Fashion by Hillary Taymour.
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) RAYE   Cian Oba-Smith
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) YB   Akasha Rabut
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Cardi B   Photography by Samantha Casolari. Fashion by Kollin Carter
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The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Lil Peep   G L Askew II
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Lil Peep's Bed   G L Askew II
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) J Hus   Dan Wilton
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Lil Yachty   Photographer Brad Ogbonna. Fashion by Shibon Kennedy.
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) OMB Peezy   Sean Lemoine
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Julien Baker   Lyndon French
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Migos   Photography by G L Askew II. Styling by Marko The Curator. Prop styling by David Browne
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Young M.A.   Photography by Cait Oppermann Fashion by Shibon Kennedy
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Cashmere Cat   Chantal Anderson
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Dreamcrusher   Nathan Bajar
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Summer Fashion   Fashion by Shibon Kennedy. Photographer Samuel Bradley
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Summer Fashion   Fashion by Shibon Kennedy. Photographer Samuel Bradley
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Kelela   Photographer Renell Medrano. Fashion by Shibon Kennedy.
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Fall Fashion - Texture   Photography by Leah Mandel & Natalie de Segonzac. Fashion by Nazuk Kochhar
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Swae Lee   Mary Kang
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Perfume Genius   Photography by Cara Stricker. Fashion by Hillary Taymour. Grooming by Casey Gouveia
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The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Lil Uzi Vert   Tyler Mitchell
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Winter Fashion   Photography by Caroline Tompkins. Fashion by Shibon Kennedy
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Julia Michaels   Renell Medrano
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Kiddy Smile   Anaïs Boileau
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Hayley Williams   Jason Nocito
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Nef The Pharaoh   Mancy Gant
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Ruby Olisemeka, Graham School Garden   Naima Green
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Young M.A.   Cait Opperman
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Romeo Santos   Rose Marie Cromwell
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Snail Mail   Amy Li
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Snail Mail   Amy Li
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) sorority noise   Christopher Leaman
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Raye   Cian Oba-Smith
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) ibeyi   Photography by Amber Mahoney. Fashion by Shibon Kennedy
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Ibeyi   Photography by Amber Mahoney. Fashion by Shibon Kennedy
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The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) J Hus   Dan Wilton
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Mr Eazi   Ike Edeani
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Kali Uchis   Photographer Tyler Mitchell. Fashion by Mar Peidro
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Cardi B   Photography by Samantha Casolari. Fashion by Kollin Carter.
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Photography by Leah Mandel & Natalie de Segonzac. Fashion by Nazuk Kochhar
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER) Georgia Pratt   Amanda Jasnowski
The absolute best photos of 2017 (in The FADER)