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The Best Photos of the Year

This is a chapter from the book A Lesser Photographer.

Every year we’re told what the best photos of the past year were by many publications. They’re always wrong. If you want to identify the real best photos of year, they tend to share the following criteria:

They are too personal to be found in any publication.

They are probably on your phone.

They are dulled by filters and cheap tricks.

They are not subject to criticism.

They are probably not for sale.

They are perfectly imperfect.