The best photostories we published this year

Over the past 12 months, we’ve met MMA fighters in Liverpool, young Scottish skaters, hedonistic clubbers and the owners of London’s coolest cornershop.

Young Scots on skating, independence and good times

Forget about the Edinburgh Fringe. Over the same weekend in August, the city’s skate scene got together to toast the local community with a brilliantly balls-out affair. Photographer and fellow Scotsman Kaan Olcay captured all the action.

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The Japanese student dorm that governs itself

For over a century, Kyoto University’s Yoshida dorm has been a radical, anti-establishment home for its young inhabitants. Here, we go inside the oldest existing student accommodation in Japan.

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How Londis N16 became the coolest corner shop in London


On a sunny day in August, our Assistant Editor Jade Wickes spent a day with the family behind North London’s much-loved cornershop, Londis N16.

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In photos: the sweat-soaked ecstasy of British clubs

Photographer Harry Hawkes spent some time on the dancefloors of Britain’s best clubs and came back with photographs of euphoric crowds and wide-eyed grins, capturing nightlife in all its hedonistic glory.

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For the love (and ecstasy) of great British festivals

It’s pretty hard to beat the allure of a great British festival. Over three years, photographer Joe Puxley captured some of the best moments from our big weekenders: revellers dancing in tandem, lazy midday sunbathers, and friends and lovers embracing in the sunshine.

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Spending the morning at 10 Foot and Goldie’s South London pop-up

Photographer Charlie Kwai has a knack for capturing the mood of a moment. And he did just that when he went down to Deptford to snap a pop-up by elusive graffiti artist 10 Foot, which drew in a legion of fans – and Goldie.

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The Missing Thread: Black British style in all its glory

Eileen Perrier, Untitled, Afro Hair and Beauty, 1998

Alright, so not a photo story” per se. But The Missing Thread was one of this year’s best exhibitions in London, a celebration of Black British artists, photographers and fashion designers. And, naturally, it included some stellar photography.

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How MMA reignited Liverpool’s fighting spirit


In our summer issue, we captured the cultural phenomenon of Liverpool’s latest generation of MMA fighters. To accompany a report by Kieran Morris, our friend Charlie Kwai shot the men and women who are passionate about the great fight in all their battered glory.

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Slava Mogutin photographs kinks, sex and humans

Slava Mogutin released his latest book Analog Human Studies this year, for which he captured radical, transgressive figures in New York. The resulting images celebrate our very human differences – kinks, fetishes, sexuality and all.

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