Magdalena Switek is known for her distinctive style: a brooding mixture of street and documentary photography, all black-and-white.
Jessica Pettway's art shows everyday objects in surreal arrangements, bent and contorted into bizarre, often unrecognizable forms.
Sue de Beer's work is infused with a sense of the occult, something she attributes to growing up in Salem, Massachusetts.
Atong Atem's portrait photography explores the complicated sense of identity migrants often have, the idea of feeling suspended between two worlds and never fully belonging to either.
Eighteen-year-old Izumi Miyazaki cites a number of surrealists as her inspiration in her thoughtful, wry, and precise work on identity stereotypes, setting cultural clichés alongside grotesque or awkward elements.
"There's at least one picture of my boobs in anything I put out," Sandy Kim said in an interview with 'PAPER.'
Endia Beal's powerful photographs record young, educated black women who are about to enter the workforce for the first time.
In an era where people often measure content by volume rather than quality, we like to think that this year's photo issue proves that good things still come to those who wait.
"We've become so alienated from our own, natural bodies, and it's really nice to meet someone who is comfortable in the body she's ended up in."
The "concrete everything" aesthetic of Belgrade.
Cigarette stubs, oranges, an onion, and candy wrappers.
In this series, Lorna Simpson took photos of black women from advertisements in old issues of Ebony and paired them with images from a 1931 textbook.