I think it's safe to say that most of us at Cool Hunting love photos that are strange, mysterious and playful. Here's a list of five of the photographers we've featured in 2007 that embody some of the things that we love in a great picture.
Pieter Hugo travelled throughout Nigeria photographing of a troupe of animal charmers and their collection of hyenas, monkeys and snakes. The series is mystical and exotic, like moments pulled from science fiction.
Taryn Simon opens up America's cabinet of curiosities by documenting off-limit zones like quarantine sites, nuclear waste facilities, death rows and C.I.A. offices.
Lori Nix photographs her own highly-detailed dioramas that can be playful on the surface, but always have an edge that is sinister and dark.
A perennial Cool Hunting favorite, Lisa Kereszi uses her keen eye to transform everyday spaces into images that are lush, raw and fantastic.
Thomas Allen turn pulp fiction novels into pop-up books. The results are delightfully kooky and melodramatic.