Five great photography series from 2014 that you shouldn't miss.

The Best Photos You Missed This Year

The Best Photos You Missed This Year

Behold
The Photo Blog
Dec. 24 2014 10:01 AM

The Five Best Photo Series You Might Have Missed This Year

We publish a lot of photo series on Behold, and some can get lost in the shuffle. Today, we’re highlighting five of our favorites that you might have missed.

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Untitled (SLR 9486), 2013.

David Pace

David Pace’s series, “Sur La Route,” is evidence that sometimes one need not look further than one’s front door to make amazing photographs. Of course, it helped that Pace’s front door happened to be in Bereba, a small village in Burkina Faso he visits annually, which doesn’t see too many foreign professional photographers. Still, it took an artist’s eye to see the beauty in the daily procession of villagers traveling to and from their farms, a phenomenon Pace captured as it occurred in front of his home, mornings and evenings. –Jordan Teicher

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From Robert Shults’ book, The Superlative Light.

Robert Shults

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Robert Shults’ series, “The Superlative Light,” meanwhile, teaches the opposite lesson—that it often takes peering behind closed doors to find exceptional subjects. His science fiction–inspired photographs of the mostly off-limits Petawatt Laser in Austin, Texas, which at one time produced the most powerful laser pulse in the world, are a rare glimpse at an incredible human achievement that, were it not for Shults’ curiosity and initiative, would remain a mystery to most people. –Jordan Teicher

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“I always felt as if the land and water are trying to tell me something,” Boyd said about her work in the South Carolina’s low country.

Yvonne Boyd

I met Yvonne Boyd during a portfolio review for Atlanta Celebrates Photography where she showed me a series of gorgeous black-and-white images taken on Harbor Island, part of the South Carolina low country. The biggest downfall of covering photography for an online publication is that sometimes images need to be seen in person in order to fully appreciate them. Boyd is a master printer and the detail and richness of her work was breathtaking. I still love looking at her work online but when I reread her story, it reminded me of the importance of shutting down the computer and enjoying photography the old-fashioned way. –David Rosenberg

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Untitled (man with Christmas tree).

Bradley Peters

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Bradley Peters might seem like a contradictory artist. He creates images that are set up and also spontaneous, are both real and imagined, and pull from tragedy but are often humorous. In the end, they’re images you can get lost in and images from which you can develop your own narrative. He’s not afraid of mistakes and decided long ago to celebrate them instead. It’s hard not to be enthralled by a photographer whose two main goals are to relate to the viewer and also make them laugh. –David Rosenberg

David Kodjo
David Kodjo.

Cristina De Middel

I still think of Cristina de Middle’s incredible series “Poly-Spam” every time I get junk mail. I used to just delete the emails, considering them to be another Internet nuisance, but de Middle turned them into poetry by bringing them to life with highly stylized photos. Now they feel like Borges stories illustrated by Jeff Wall. Meaning, I just want more spam in my life, as long as de Middle will photograph it. – Miriam Krule

Miriam Krule is a former Slate assistant editor. 

David Rosenberg is the editor of Slate’s Behold blog. He has worked as a photo editor for 15 years and is a tennis junkie. Follow him on Twitter.

Jordan G. Teicher is the associate editor of Slates Behold blog. Follow him on Twitter.