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Flower power: Angelina Golt’s best phone picture

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“Spontaneity flowing into painstaking planning” is how Angelina Golt describes her artistic process. This image was taken during the Ukrainian photographer’s first shoot in Kyiv, after she relocated from her home in O...

The big picture: Antanas Sutkus captures childhood defiance in Soviet Lithuania

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The photographer Antanas Sutkus was born in Lithuania in 1939 and by the age of five had witnessed more traumatic history lessons than most people experience in a lifetime. His father killed himself in 1940 after bein...

Bending over backwards: Prince Gyasi’s best phone picture

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Prince Gyasi saw letters and words as colours long before he realised he had synaesthesia. “I was in primary school before I heard the word, but the signs were there. My mum says that as a baby I tried to eat paint an...

The Guardian view on Roman Britain: a constantly shifting picture

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The novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch once wrote that the study of early Greek history “sets a special challenge to the disciplined mind. It is a game with very few pieces, where the skill of the player lies in co...

Jeremy Farrar: Sage scientist quits over ‘concerning’ UK Covid picture – reports

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A senior member of the UK government’s pandemic advisory body has left the group, saying that the picture in the UK is “concerning”. Sir Jeremy Farrar, who has been a part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergenc...

The big picture: incarcerated gang members in El Salvador

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The British-based photographer Tariq Zaidi took this picture in Chalatenango prison in El Salvador in 2019. Al tempo, the prison held 1,637 inmates, all of whom were members of the MS-13 gang that has terrorised th...

A dog’s breakfast: John Stanmeyer’s best phone picture

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Not too long ago, US photojournalist and National Geographic contributor John Stanmeyer bought an old house in New England. Nello stesso periodo, he also got a great dane, a semi-rescue from Texas. “Her full name is E...

The French Dispatch review – exasperating Wes Anderson portmanteau picture

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The films of Wes Anderson, with their intricately layered details and fanatically meticulous design, almost invariably reward a second viewing. That is certainly the case with his latest, The French Dispatch, a showil...

Reflections in Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenia: Hossein Fatemi’s best phone picture

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The trip Hossein Fatemi made to Somalia in 2011, on assignment for an Iranian organisation, marked a turning point in his career. The New York-based photojournalist had covered many serious situations, but what he saw...

The big picture: Janet Delaney’s nostalgic New York painter

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Cities are made of sedimented strata of memory. Janet Delaney’s photograph of the New York street painter was taken in the mid-1980s, with a Rolleiflex camera from the 1960s. The artist’s painting, nel frattempo, seems no...

Playtime in the Congo: Michael Christopher Brown’s best phone picture

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Per anni, Michael Christopher Brown had noticed the planes from the road leading to the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Goma airport. From his first visit in August 2012, they drew his gaze like a magnet, abandone...

The big picture: brutal intimacy on the streets of Tokyo

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Bruce Gilden, infamous for his up-close, flashgun New York street photography, visited Japan several times in the 1990s. His pictures of Tokyo, collected in a new book, Cherry Blossom, share the brutal intimacy of his...

A lemon at the car dealership: Charles Traub’s best phone picture

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In Miami, Florida, a few years ago, Charles H Traub was walking past the packed lot of a car dealership when he saw this outsized lemon parked in a vacant spot. “In our vernacular, as I suppose in yours, a lemon is so...

The big picture: ​an epic journey along America’s poverty line

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Nel 2015, the photographer Matt Black set out from his home in California’s Central Valley to discover and record the realities of American lives in communities below the poverty line. Over the next six years, he criss...

Breakfast time: Christopher Anderson’s best phone picture

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Christopher Anderson often makes breakfast for his family (uova, pancakes), but what caught his eye here was the light and the colour, the repetition of shapes. Blue plate, yellow circle. Certo, the pose his three...

Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything review – wonders beyond The Great Wave

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Like me, you may think of the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, whose long and brilliantly productive life ended in 1849, and see a blast of blue. The sensual colours of his woodblock prints, those exquisite shades ...

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